How to measure your BMW’s performance with your iPhone

Interesting | August 10th, 2008 by 15

The new iPhone 3G has cleared the way for many interesting application that will make us use our phone in different ways than before. Obviously, …

The new iPhone 3G has cleared the way for many interesting application that will make us use our phone in different ways than before. Obviously, the iPhone became a more powerful tool since Apple decided to release their code to the developers’ world and therefore, we can take advantage of some amazing applications.

One of them that was recently released onto the iTunes store, it’s an application called Dynolicious.

What is Dynolicious and how does it work?

Dynolicious is car performance meter that is available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch as well. It uses the accelerometer built in to your device to sense the motion of your  vehicle and to measure the performance characteristiscs of your car.


Here are some things you can do with your iPhone and Dynolicious:

  • 0-60 MPH
  • Other Speed Tests (0-10 MPH through 0-100 MPH in 10MPH increments)
  • Quarter Mile Elapsed Time
  • Quarter Mile Trap Speed
  • Elapsed Time and Trap Speed for standard intervals (60′, 330′, 1/8 Mi, 1000′)
  • Lateral G’s (current and peak)
  • Braking G’s (current and peak)
  • Wheel Horsepower
  • Estimated Engine Horsepower

The output is displayed in graphs and all the results can be saved for future comparisons. There are many other features, but we should have a full report next week when we plan to test the application ourselves.

We did hear that there are a few calibration issues, but once you go past them, Dynolicious works pretty well.


15 responses to “How to measure your BMW’s performance with your iPhone”

  1. Sba says:

    …iphone sucks..

  2. Horatiu B. says:

    @Sba: The phone itself might suck, but the platform has potential. Soon, there will be tons of applications that will really make a difference in the mobile world.

    Yes, I do have the phone and I agree, battery life is pretty bad, 3G not as fast as my previous phone, but the applications will make me keep it.

    Oh, and I can easily post articles from iPhone :)

  3. Yatti says:

    That app looks pretty sweet!

  4. Mark says:

    How about first getting the new iPhone to fully work with BMW’s iDrive and phone stuff???


  5. Mark says:


    Hey Sba…be careful saying anything nasty about the iPhone or fellow BMW Blogger Enzo will spank you verbally here..HAHAHAHAHAHA


  6. Horatiu B. says:

    @Mark: They’re working on it as far as I heard.

    Also, check out this , you might find it interesting Mark :)

  7. Sbabba says:

    I don’t know how does the iphone cost in us but here in italy it costs more than 700€ and you can buy the nokia n95 8gb for 400€ so… It sucks :) and has so many bugs…

  8. Sbabba says:

    Oh and I’m posting with my nokia e51 from the bed :)

  9. Mark says:

    @Horatiu B.:

    So Horatiu, does this mean that perhaps the iPhone will be fully compatible with all of the BMW’s iDrive systems (as in phone books, etc) by year’s end or early 2009?? And I mean all of the models, from the 1 Series to the M5/M6 cars???

  10. Clara says:

    Maybe they should have just hired Apple to implement iDrive 2, based on the iPhone. Maybe that would enable such ad-hoc programs to be downloaded and run on the computer.

    It could be dynolicious, or itunes, google maps, or any number of approved grassroots tools.

    In fact… they should have had Apple design the whole interior…

  11. Horatiu B. says:

    @Mark: I think the iPhone 2.1 update will fix all the issues. Apple has a long list right now. So, hopefully within next months. What is odd though is that it works fine for some people.

  12. Horatiu B. says:

    @Clara: There was a rumor once that Apple will work with BMW on a Navigation System, but nothing so far.

  13. Bavar says:

    I believe Apple is currently collaborating with MB on Navigation.

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