The small, high-quality and relatively inexpensive GoPro camera has
been revolutionary for Internet video, especially of cars.
BMW GROUP TECHNOLOGY OFFICE AND GOPRO CREATE FIRST AUTOMOTIVE SPORTS
12/06/14 from BMW Group
Woodcliff Lake, NJ June 12, 2014 11:30AM EDT / 8:30AM PDT . . . 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
"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.
GoPro's versatile cameras and accessories enable people to
self-capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves enjoying
their favorite activities. From extreme to mainstream, GoPro's HERO®
line of wearable and gear-mountable capture devices are transforming
the way consumers, professional athletes, and video production
professionals capture, manage and share meaningful photo and video
content. Based in San Mateo, California, GoPro's products are sold
through more than 25,000 stores in over 100 countries worldwide and
direct via GoPro.com. GoPro branded content is shared and enjoyed by
millions of people on popular media channels such as Instagram,
Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.
GOPRO® and HERO® are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro,
Inc. in the United States and other countries.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic
design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon
Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all
X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity
Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity
Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car
dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp.,
the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
The BMW Group
The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As
a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly
facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than
In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than
117,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial
year 2012 was euro 7.82 billion on revenues amounting to euro 76.85
billion. At 31 December 2012, the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result
of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last eight years.
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