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
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:
BMW Apps Option
USB Cable or Snap-In Adapter
Available in iOS App Store this Summer
* Can be used for any BMW model (not only M cars) with BMW Apps option