BMW's tech department is upgrading the Laptimer app by implementing the ability to control a GoPro on iOS-running devices.
GoPro integration for the BMW M Laptimer is going to be available starting this summer thanks to an update which will create a GoPro trab that will show up on the iDrive. This will give drivers the possibility to access various functions, including a live preview image which will come in handy to adjust the angle of the controlled camera. If you don’t want to adjust the cameras manually, there are six pre-set modes to choose from: Leisure Drive Facing Out, Night Driving, Sport Drive Facing Out, Drive Camera Facing In, Winding Road Time-lapse, and Straight Road Time-lapse.
The iDrive screen will also show the WiFi signal strength and the battery charge level of the camera along with access to the camera’s power button. BMW’s drivers will have the option to record all the action once the Laptimer app is turned out and stop recording when the app is closed. The clip will be stored not only on the GoPro camera, but also on the smartphone in a low-resolution format to view it later next to the map view on the BMW M Laptimer app.
Keep in mind that you’ll need a car fitted with BMW Apps, along with a GoPro HERO 3 camera or later and an iPhone 4S or later to take advantage of the extra connectivity.