The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro have announced the first mass-produced integration of a GoPro camera with an automobile's on-board infotainment system. In BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, a GoPro camera may now be configured and controlled using BMW's iDrive controller and high-resolution screen. The updated GoPro App is now available for free in the iTunes Store.
In addition to aiming the camera using BMW's large central screen, users have the option of selecting six pre-set camera modes: Leisure Drive Facing Out, Night Driving, Sport Drive Facing Out, Drive Camera Facing In, Winding Road time-lapse, and Straight Road time-lapse. The camera's record function may be started and stopped by the driver at will, and vital camera status indicators are displayed, including recording elapsed time, battery life, and Wi-Fi signal strength. The user may also toggle the camera's sleep mode to prolong battery life between shots.
The user's Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera (Hero3 and later) communicates with the GoPro App installed on the driver's iPhone (4 or later model), which must be connected to the vehicle either through the iPhone USB cable or the BMW Accessory snap-in adaptor for iPhone. The driver will access the app through the BMW ConnectedDrive or MINI Connected menu.