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PRETTY COOL: A GoPro camera can be tricky to mount or control when it's stuck outside a moving car. Now it can be controlled from inside a Mini via a Connected app. Image: Mini

  • Cameras can be controlled in-car
  • World first for a car brand
  • Available from Apple App Store

LONDON, England - The Mini has never exactly been camera-shy but now the brand’s latest models can get film from inside the car.

A new Mini Connected-ready app will allow a GoPro camera to be controlled via the facia – meaning shooting a movie is now as easy as changing a song or altering the aircon. Mini is the first car brand whose operating system can be used to control a GoPro.

This makes it possible to start shooting video with a camera mounted on or inside the car while travelling. The functionality is said to be intuitive, convenient and, most important, safe. Apple iPhone owners can download the Mini Connected App free from the Apple App Store.


GoPro cameras are designed to take photographs and capture video during adventure sports and leisure activities and are used by racing enthusiasts to document their driving skills. Mini drivers will be able to concentrate on finding the ideal line while having fun on a track.

Camera functions can be operated via the high-resolution colour display on the central area of the facia and the Mini joystick or touch controller in the centre console.

The car must be fitted with the Mini visual boost radio and Connected or the Connected XL package. The integration of the app inside the vehicle’s operating system is handled through the driver's iPhone and a WLAN connection is maintained between GoPro and iPhone.

There is a choice of video and single-image shots as well as a photo series mode with short or long-interval options. Special modes are also available to optimise image quality in various driving situations such as at night or during cornering. The camera can also be switched on and off using the Mini’s centre console and the charge state of the camera battery and remaining recording capacity can also be displayed on-screen.

When the car is not moving a preview image can be displayed which shows the camera’s perspective.

"This new Connected ready app," the automaker says, "once again demonstrates the limitless capabilities of the unique infotainment system. With apps developed by third-party providers and designed especially for use in the Mini, the range of Apps available is continually expanding."


Apps available now include a wide spectrum of services such as Glympse, Aupeo!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster, TuneIn and the Amazon Cloud Player. There are services built into the Connected system such as a web radio and RSS news feeds as well as social media - Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Online search and functions exclusive to Mini, such as Driving Excitement, Mission Control, Dynamic Music and Minimalism are available, as well as the new Mini Connected XL Journey Mate for interactive travel planning and support for real-time traffic radar. - Newspress
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