BMW M GmbH has developed for the track enthusiasts a free smartphone application, which allows future M3 sedan and M4 coupe owners to analyze their personal driving style.
Customers can operate the BMW M Laptimer app easily using the iDrive Controller once their smartphone is hooked up to the car and the application then gets to work without delay, recording the car’s speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine revs, the gear engaged (if the M DCT or automatic gearbox is specified), steering angle, accelerator position and fuel consumption.
When the data is subsequently analyzed via graphic displays on the customer’s smartphone, the driver’s reactions can also be assessed. Another feature allows two recordings on the same track to be compared corner-by-corner. The readings used here can be either the driver’s own or data shared via email.
The new applications comes as a complement to the already known wide variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services introduced under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner, although the M3 and M4 do come with new additions: a new generation of the Navigation system Professional, offering extra capability, sharper graphics and 3D elements for the map display, Driving Assistant Plus, which warns the driver of a looming collision with a pedestrian, the intelligent anti-dazzle LED High Beam Assistant, Active Protection with Attention Assistant and a further developed version of Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.
Also, the optional Head-Up Display in the BMW M3 and BMW M4 comes with additional, M-specific functions such as a gear display, rev counter and Optimum Shift Indicator.