How to measure your BMW’s performance with your iPhone

Interesting | August 10th, 2008 by 15
Dynolicious

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.

How to measure your BMWs performance with your iPhone

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.

How to measure your BMWs performance with your iPhone

How to measure your BMWs performance with your iPhone

How to measure your BMWs performance with your iPhone

  • Sba

    …iphone sucks..

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @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 :)

  • Yatti

    That app looks pretty sweet!

  • Mark

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

    Cheers,

  • Mark

    @Sba:

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

    Cheers,

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

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

    Also, check out this http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/08/09/2009-bmw-3-series-presentation/ , you might find it interesting Mark :)

  • Sbabba

    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…

  • Sbabba

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

  • Mark

    @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???

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  • Clara

    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…

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @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.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

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

  • http://www.bimmerfest.com/ Bavar

    I believe Apple is currently collaborating with MB on Navigation.

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