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      10-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Precise, real-time racing-style telematics for BMW Enthusiasts.

BMW Group Technology Office USA announced today the release of the BMW M Laptimer App. The BMW M Laptimer App is made for BMW Brand vehicles with the BMW Apps option, and is now available in the iTunes Store.

Previewed in June 2013 (see BIMMERPOST preview video below) and intended for off-road use only, the BMW M Laptimer App records data from a BMW Apps–equipped vehicle’s on-board network and GPS receiver to create comparative track sessions and provide essential performance information. It generates track maps and captures essential driving data including top speed, number of laps, best lap time and ambient temperature. Information is then presented on the scorecard screen when the vehicle is no longer in motion.

The BMW M Laptimer provides highly visual depictions of throttle, speed, brake input, engine RPM, fuel level, and g-force. Users can easily zoom in and out, and rewind or fast forward through track recordings. BMW M Laptimer will automatically calculate laps and times for the user without the need for pre-installed track map data. The App can be used on virtually any closed circuit.

A Comparison Mode gives users the ability to view individual or dual runs in real-time. Users can select their own laps or compare against a lap sent by another BMW driver. Users may also share track day results with friends to compare data. Additionally, users can post results through social media integration, including Facebook and Twitter.

The BMW M Laptimer app can be downloaded for free in the iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bmw-...ign-mpt=uo%3D2

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Instructions for installing app from outside the U.S.
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Go to settings and choose Itunes and App Store then click on your iTunes id and select view. Change your location to be US. Then enter payment information, choose Method to be None. Next put in any valid address (only need the city and state - I chose Cupertino CA for the irony of it).

Then put in a phone number with a 3 digit area code and (I think) 7 digits for the rest. now you are done.

Go back to this post and click the link - and you will go straight to the app in the US iTunes store. Once you have downloaded it, you will of course have to set your details back using the same method as above to be your home location.

Takes 5 mins from start to finish and you will have the app.

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BMW M Power App




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In short, the M Power App records data from the various automotive sensors in the car and uses that information to record track sessions and provide:
  • lap times and scorecard view
  • real-time review of the lap (with comparison modes)
  • important technical data
    • throttle input
    • steering input
    • braking force
    • G-force
    • RPM
    • fuel efficiency
Two of my favorite features of the app include the head-to-head ghost comparison mode and the custom track generator feature.

The app can generate custom tracks on the fly, so you aren't limited to only using the app for its preprogrammed tracks. This feature will be useful for autocross, custom tracks or regular trips to your grocery store.

The head-to-head ghost comparison mode lets you compare two separate laps and view both runs on the track map in real time. It's a great way to see where one lap gained or lost time to the other. The two laps chosen for comparison can both be the user's own laps, or compared against a lap sent to the user by anyone else (friend, track instructor, etc.). Enough talk, you can see best for yourself in the video below.

The app was demoed to us by two fellas from the BMW Technology Office - Phil Johnston, Product Manager for the BMW Group Apps Platform and Paul Doersch, the US Product Manager and Technical Lead for the M Power App.

Requirements / Availability:
iOS6 / iOS7
BMW Apps Option
USB Cable or Snap-In Adapter
* Can be used for any BMW model (not only M cars) with BMW Apps option


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Added instructions for installing this app for our non-U.S. members.
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      10-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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What type of gps sensor is in the car? 1hz ? 5hz? 10hz?
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      10-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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I just recorded my commute into work today. Quite sure that's not the intended purpose, but nonetheless it's fun reviewing through all that data.
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Added instructions for installing this app for our non-U.S. members.
Instructions worked perfectly for me, I'm in the UK and have the app installed, now I can get some serious lap analysis done (on my commute to work)
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I installed it yesterday but when looking at the M screen, it just shows the M logo. Also the G meter wasn't doing anything. Do I have to record a drive to be able to see info? Is there a way to display it in realtime?
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I installed it yesterday but when looking at the M screen, it just shows the M logo. Also the G meter wasn't doing anything. Do I have to record a drive to be able to see info? Is there a way to display it in realtime?
Yes, click on Record to see real time information.

I like this app. When you're not in the car, you can just open the app, and look at all the information it collected. It overlays the G-Force, steering wheel position, speed all on Google Maps.
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So it doesn't activate itself on recognized tracks only? So potentially you could use this on your commute as a previous poster said? That's pretty cool.

Android version???
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So it doesn't activate itself on recognized tracks only? So potentially you could use this on your commute as a previous poster said? That's pretty cool.

Android version???
I haven't been to a track, so I don't know if it "activates"/records by itself. My guess is it's all user intervention when you get to a track. But, yes, you can record, and drive anywhere - it will keep track of stats.

I wish they'd release an Android version as well. Damn you BMW and your deep Apple integration!
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Has anyone tried this on their f30 335i? Can you see all the data points like rpm and throttle etc?
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I tried it on my (Canadian spec) 2013 F30 335xi. It shows speed, steering position, braking deceleration, and the g-forces. It does not show throttle position, fuel, or RPMs.

Yes, you can record your commute. You press "Record" on the iDrive screen and it starts collecting stats. You can see the g-force meter on the iDrive screen. The "M" option seems to just show a logo. If you don't drive in a loop it doesn't know what to do for laps but will show your recorded data for whatever path you took.

It also crashes a lot when you try to use AirPlay to mirror the app to an AppleTV.
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I haven't tried airplay but did the same results with the app as you did.




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I tried it on my (Canadian spec) 2013 F30 335xi. It shows speed, steering position, braking deceleration, and the g-forces. It does not show throttle position, fuel, or RPMs.

Yes, you can record your commute. You press "Record" on the iDrive screen and it starts collecting stats. You can see the g-force meter on the iDrive screen. The "M" option seems to just show a logo. If you don't drive in a loop it doesn't know what to do for laps but will show your recorded data for whatever path you took.

It also crashes a lot when you try to use AirPlay to mirror the app to an AppleTV.
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Tried from my iPad with the correct iOS, but it just shows "Start app on iPad" on I drive. Any help? Of course this is with it already started with the app saying to hook it up to BMW connect etc.
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