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BMW strengthen ties with GoPro, now a must have for track days

According to our friends at Slashgear, BMW has cooked up a new version of its BMW M Laptimer app complete with full support for GoPro cameras, courtesy of the GoPro Developer Program announced on Thursday morning.

in case you didn’t know, the M Laptimer is BMW’s telemetry-recording software, linking with the company’s cars and storing race day details for later review. It’s already been able to automatically figure out when you start and finish a lap, overlay your route onto a satellite map of the track, and give you metrics – like engine speed, gearing, and other factors – as you drive around.

With the GoPro integration, meanwhile, there’s a whole other level of information thrown in. The app can start and stop the GoPro recording itself, and synchronizes the footage with the rest of the telemetry. So, you can not only see what speed you entered a corner at, and in which gear, but – depending on where you’ve mounted the camera, of course – whether you were following the best line, too.

The M Laptimer app is a free download for iPhone, though your car will need to have the BMW ConnectedDrive option installed. Then, the two connect either via USB cable or Bluetooth, and link through WiFi to the GoPro itself.


Once that’s done, everything is managed from the car’s infotainment system, rather than encouraging you to look at your phone. To avoid distraction, the preview of the video is only shown while you’re stationary, so that you can angle the camera appropriately; that stops playing once you’re underway, so that you can focus on the track.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen BMW work with the camera company. Back in mid-2014, select BMW and MINI cars gained the ability – courtesy of their companion iPhone apps – to remotely start, stop, and preview GoPro recordings through the infotainment system.

That integration, however, lacked the telemetry sync of the new system BMW is likely to introduce this week with the help of a shiny blue, brand-new 2016 BMW M2.

Papi Mabele
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