There’s no lack of ways to capture a great drive or hot laps using action cameras, and GoPro cams have become as de rigueur as driving shoes for track-day denizens. Automakers have been getting in on the action-camera craze by either incorporating the technology into cars or integrating GoPros with existing infotainment systems.
Chevrolet makes available a built-in camera for the Corvette and Camaro to record track rats’ days of thunder, while BMW offers an app that works with GoPro cameras to capture on-the-road video and photos. Jaguar joined in last week at the New York Auto Show by announcing a collaboration with GoPro to create a ReRun app for the automaker’s InControl infotainment system.
Erol Mustafa, chief product engineer for Jaguar Sports Cars, told me at the show that it’s the first official automaker collaboration with the popular action camera company. It’s also one that could keep car owners and others from sitting though boring footage waiting for a few seconds of something worth seeing.
“This collaboration makes sense because GoPro is the market leader in these types of cameras,” Mustafa said. “But we have the engineering expertise in processing vehicle data to help show only the highlights.”
Like other car/action-camera applications, the Jaguar ReRun app can be used “to show the telemetry data that you choose – speed, throttle position, brake pressure, g-force, gear changes,” Mustafa notes. “And it synchronizes that with a time stamp on the GoPro camera so you can replay your driving experience.”
The app also has eight Highlights settings to tag things like top speed and hardest braking. “I think a lot of people take their car to a track day and have to roll through 20 minutes’ worth of footage before they find that killer corner when they hit maximum speed or the highest g-force,” said Mustafa.
“We developed an algorithm that analyzes all the data and then produces edited highlights based on certain factors,” he added. This also makes for bite-sized highlights of bragging rights easy to share on social media from a smartphone.
The operation of the ReRun app is straightforward. After downloading the app to a smartphone compatible with Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system, a GoPro is paired with the phone via Bluetooth, which in turn communicates with the car. The driver can control the camera via the ReRun app using the car’s touch-screen and set the angle of the GoPro with a live preview feature to ensure the perfect shot.
ReRun is available as a free download and it’s compatible with GoPro HERO5 Black, HERO5 Session, HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver cameras. It’s only available for 2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Roadster models equipped with InControl Apps, but Mustafa added “that at some point it will roll out to other Jaguars.” JLR has also indicated the ReRun app could migrate to Land Rover’s equipped with the InControl Apps platform so off-roaders can record and share their exploits too.
Originally published by Forbes.com