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      06-12-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 12, 2014... The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro have announced the first-ever, 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 state-of-the-art iDrive controller and high-resolution screen. Starting in July 2014, the integration will be functional on all model year 2012 and later BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, when used with a Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera. The updated GoPro App is now available for free in the iTunes Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gopro-app/id561350520).

“Working with GoPro to design this integration was remarkable,” said Phil Johnston, Head of BMW Group AppCenter USA. “’Creative’ and ‘insightful’ just begin to describe the experience. GoPro is a natural fit for BMW enthusiast drivers. The power and flexibility of the BMW Group App Integration Platform coupled with GoPro’s advanced camera technology brings new, safe, and engaging experiences to the enthusiasts that were previously not possible. When the camera is connected to the car, it allows GoPro’s app to present context-appropriate presets that allow the enthusiast to capture the perfect shot.”

“GoPro has deep roots in motorsports and is passionate about enabling drivers to capture their road or track experience,” said Adam Silver, GoPro Director of Strategic Product Opportunities. “The GoPro and BMW collaboration sets a new standard in the category and is an important first step in a partnership designed to deliver next-level integration between camera and car.”

This groundbreaking integration is designed specifically to reduce driver distraction and enhance the capabilities for which “The Ultimate Driving Machine®” and GoPro, one of the world’s most versatile cameras, are famous. In addition to aiming the camera using BMW’s large central screen, users may quickly choose between 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.

How it works.

First, the user’s BMW or MINI vehicle must be equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, respectively. Next, 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, 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, which is displayed on the large, trans-reflective central screen (up to 10.2 inches, depending on model).

The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro designed the on-board operating menu to streamline the camera’s operation and take full advantage of the integrated environment. Menu choices appear to the left of the screen, and the camera’s actual field of view is displayed in near real-time while the vehicle is stationary.

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Is there a difference between my 2011 BMW Apps and the 2012? I will not be able to use this with my current BMW Apps?
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i cant stand the wifi on gopro anyways. im still amazed how much marketing and track related apps bmw allows us owners and then the first thing they ask when something is broken is "were you on a track" so they can claim user failure. what the FUCK.
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As i will probably use this, it is still much easier to just use the wireless remote. Plus, wifi eats up the battery life like a mofo.
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So once the car starts moving you can't see the stuff coming from the GoPro anymore?

Really dope app wish it was available earlier so that I could use it for ED
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OK, so you get to control the camera through iDrive? That's it? Just a remote record button and config settings? Hmmmmm.

Hey GoPro, how about you take it up a notch better:
Feed the ODB-II data of speed, RPM, brake, throttle, and gear (or any other user selectable field) from the car's data bus and overlay that onto your video feed. NOW you have something that I really can use. Should be doable, IF, BMW will pass that data to the BMW Apps? Just a thought.
Would sure give that Corvette video solution a 1-up.
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OK, so you get to control the camera through iDrive? That's it? Just a remote record button and config settings? Hmmmmm.

Hey GoPro, how about you take it up a notch better:
Feed the ODB-II data of speed, RPM, brake, throttle, and gear (or any other user selectable field) from the car's data bus and overlay that onto your video feed. NOW you have something that I really can use. Should be doable, IF, BMW will pass that data to the BMW Apps? Just a thought.
Would sure give that Corvette video solution a 1-up.
The BMW Track App has that information, maybe they will have a link between these two apps, as that's one thing I don't like about the BMW app versus Harry's Lap Timer as there is no video option.

Guessing this isn't going to work in my E92 with Apps.
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Okay, yes, it's nifty, but that's it.

Seems like one more thing that will cost money and be notably useful once or twice over the time one owns the car. I'm sure everyone will have that one moment in their life when it comes in particularly handy, but otherwise...pshaw...

From a safety standpoint, I'm not sure I'm all that keen on the thing either...Yes, it's probably better than a driver having to operate a separate camera -- phone or real camera -- but outside of that, I don't really think that while driving is the best time for one to take pics/videos. Seeing as passengers don't really need an integrated camera in the car, I just don't get this thing.

I wish BMW would spend their time "integrating" specific automotive features into the car rather than tech gizmos that have nothing to do with actually operating a vehicle.

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Stupid!! Just use go pro app.
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OK, so you get to control the camera through iDrive? That's it? Just a remote record button and config settings? Hmmmmm.

Hey GoPro, how about you take it up a notch better:
Feed the ODB-II data of speed, RPM, brake, throttle, and gear (or any other user selectable field) from the car's data bus and overlay that onto your video feed. NOW you have something that I really can use. Should be doable, IF, BMW will pass that data to the BMW Apps? Just a thought.
Would sure give that Corvette video solution a 1-up.
They can definitely do it, hope someone from BMW is looking at this post
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Wish they had this just a bit sooner, so I can take it to the track tomorrow with the M3s and M4s.
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i cant stand the wifi on gopro anyways. im still amazed how much marketing and track related apps bmw allows us owners and then the first thing they ask when something is broken is "were you on a track" so they can claim user failure. what the FUCK.
I hear you- but in my opinion, there should be some reasonable bound for which BMW can warranty the product and for which users agree to use it.

To me, tracking a car in any meaningful way pushes the limit of that reasonable bound.

That's not to say that we can't or shouldn't track our cars or that BMW can't and shouldn't promote their product's utility on a track- but I'm not sure that BMW should be obligated to indemnify us from the cost of operating above that boundary.

Otherwise- our warranty's (and by extension BMW's) would be far more expensive.

Think about it- what's your guess on the % of lesees that track their BMW but wait for their covered service intervals to have any maintenance done? I can't imagine that BMW would be willing to assume that everyone who pushes their car to 9/10ths is caring for it appropriately.
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When will they start integrating the surround cameras into the idrive's harddrive and record everything as security cameras???

that way when someone damages your parked car you can go after them, or a hit and run (like I had done to me), would have gotten the license plate and cops could have gone after them. a 1TB hard drive costs practically nothing compared to the cost of the cameras and nav system, put one of those in and have it set on record, battery draw couldn't be that much. overwrites every 2-3 days unless you stop it.
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The BMW Track App has that information, maybe they will have a link between these two apps, as that's one thing I don't like about the BMW app versus Harry's Lap Timer as there is no video option.

Guessing this isn't going to work in my E92 with Apps.
Yea sucks you won't be able to use laptimer and the go pro app at the same time
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Saw an i8 in my neighbourhood with this installed (on back side window).
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i cant stand the wifi on gopro anyways. im still amazed how much marketing and track related apps bmw allows us owners and then the first thing they ask when something is broken is "were you on a track" so they can claim user failure. what the FUCK.
I hear you- but in my opinion, there should be some reasonable bound for which BMW can warranty the product and for which users agree to use it.

To me, tracking a car in any meaningful way pushes the limit of that reasonable bound.

That's not to say that we can't or shouldn't track our cars or that BMW can't and shouldn't promote their product's utility on a track- but I'm not sure that BMW should be obligated to indemnify us from the cost of operating above that boundary.

Otherwise- our warranty's (and by extension BMW's) would be far more expensive.

Think about it- what's your guess on the % of lesees that track their BMW but wait for their covered service intervals to have any maintenance done? I can't imagine that BMW would be willing to assume that everyone who pushes their car to 9/10ths is caring for it appropriately.
i agree but they are not driving that slow in their marketing tools. in fact, those drivers are better than 99.9% of us being that a pro is driving them. and i know we have some pros on this forum hence the 99.9%
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The BMW Track App has that information, maybe they will have a link between these two apps, as that's one thing I don't like about the BMW app versus Harry's Lap Timer as there is no video option.

Guessing this isn't going to work in my E92 with Apps.
Yea sucks you won't be able to use laptimer and the go pro app at the same time
i just use the app and then manually press record on gopro. no cameras outside though. one behind be and one at my feet. now they just need to embed laptimer into the car.
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When will they start integrating the surround cameras into the idrive's harddrive and record everything as security cameras???

that way when someone damages your parked car you can go after them, or a hit and run (like I had done to me), would have gotten the license plate and cops could have gone after them. a 1TB hard drive costs practically nothing compared to the cost of the cameras and nav system, put one of those in and have it set on record, battery draw couldn't be that much. overwrites every 2-3 days unless you stop it.
Or they do the same thing and your insurance company holds you responsible when you apples and get in a wreak. To big brother fore thank-you.
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