MINI releases more details on MINI Connected

MINI Connected is part of the two of the MINI infotainment systems, radio MINI Visual Boost and MINI Navigation.

MINI Connected adopts the familiar MINI display and operating logic to ensure that all functions can be used comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively while minimizing driver distraction.

MINI-specific functions can be integrated via an app for the iPhone and operated using the vehicle’s joystick, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

The iPhone is hooked up to the car either via a cable for the USB socket, supplied with the radio MINI Visual Boost and MINI Navigation system, or via an optional snap-in adapter.

MINI Connected PlugIn for iPod Out

Another feature which promises to add even greater variety to the spectrum of entertainment features on board the MINI is the MINI Connected PlugIn (MINI Connected PlugIn supports Apple’s iPod Out).

iPod Out enables the MINI Connected system to display the familiar iPod navigation menu in the vehicle’s main center speedo display, and control the music playback features in the iPhone, the iPod touch and the latest generation iPod nano, using the vehicle’s controls.

This newly developed interface technology supports the new sixth generation iPod nano, iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later.

MINI-specific apps

The MINI Connected App will include a web radio function to allow users to pick up their preferred radio stations regardless of their location. The station database available through the app contains thousands of radio stations whose programs can be accessed online.

The other functions of the MINI Connected App – such as access to the Google local search and Google Send to Car functions and reception of user-definable RSS news feeds, the content of which is displayed on the on-board monitor and can be read out using the optional voice output function.

MINIMALISM Analyzer app

This function, which likewise works in combination with the iPhone, displays advice on how to make your driving style more efficient.

The technology analyses a range of data, and once the driver has reached his destination, the innovative MINI Connected app ensures the data is set out in a simple and informative manner, allowing the journey to be analyzed and compared to other MINI drivers as well, so the driver can run the MINI as efficiently as possible at all times.

Another MINI innovation is the Dynamic Music function included in the MINI Connected app. This comprises a selection of exclusively composed music which can be played on the audio system of the MINI and whose rhythm and dynamics change according to driving style. This function allows MINI drivers to use their accelerator and steering wheel to create their own personal soundtrack to that trademark go-kart feeling.

Always in touch: send and receive Facebook and Twitter posts inside the car.
Additionally, the MINI Connected app has the potential to give owners the platform to receive Facebook and Twitter posts in their car, view them on the on-board monitor and use the optional voice control to have them read out.

Plus, standardized text messages can be sent out directly from the car via both services. This function enables MINI drivers to warn each other about traffic congestion or other problems on the road, for example.

MINI Connected mount

The MINI Connected system includes a mount integrated into the center console for the snap-in adapter for Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices, a USB audio interface for MP3 players and smartphones, and a roof aerial. The system is also equipped with the Bluetooth hands-free facility for making telephone calls safely while on the move.

Source: MINI.

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