BMW drivers will soon be able to control their GoPro action camera straight from the car’s dashboard. The auto manufacturer said that it is the first-ever, mass-produced integration of a GoPro camera with a car’s infotainment system.
By linking the GoPro with BMW’s iDrive controller or MINI Connected option, you will be able to place your GoPro on a desired location, and then control the camera’s function through the dashboard screen.
The update will be rolling out in July, and will work with all model year 2012 and later BMW Group cars which has been equipped BMW Apps or MINI Connected option – and the WiFi needs to be turned on, on the GoPro.
“Working with GoPro to design this integration was remarkable. ’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,” said Phil Johnston, head of BMW Group AppCenter USA.
Adam Silver, GoPro director of strategic product opportunities added that it seemed like a natural fit, as GoPro has been involved with motorsport for some time.
“GoPro has deep roots in motorsports and is passionate about enabling drivers to capture their road or track experience. 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.”
You will be able to choose from 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.
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