BMW, MINI Adding GoPro Connectivity to Cabin Tech
GoPro cameras are perfect tools to record your driving excursions, but they can be a challenge to set up as you try to get the perfect view of the road. To help make GoPro use much easier, BMW has announced that it will be adding a new feature to the infotainment system of certain BMW and MINI vehicles that allows for easy integration of GoPro cameras. Better yet, when this cool feature is introduced next month, it will be functional on BMW and MINI vehicles dating back to the 2012 model year. Cars must be equipped with the optional BMW Apps or MINI Connected systems, which can communicate with Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera (HERO3+ and newer) by using the recently updated GoPro App. This allows most of the functions of the GoPro camera to be fully integrated into the car’s factory infotainment system. Users are able to choose from six 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) as well as view certain info about the camera including recording time left, battery life and Wi-Fi signal.
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One of the most helpful features is that when the car is stationary the large display also shows a “near real-time” view of the camera’s display. This will make it so much easier to get the perfect driving shot whether you’re hitting the local track or just motoring around town. Perhaps the only read downsides of this nifty GoPro feature is that the required GoPro App is only offered on iPhone4 or newer, and the phone must be connected to the car using a cable, not Bluetooth.
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