MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. While this technically isn’t a MINI specific preview, this is identical to drivetrain that will be found in the MINI and thus entirely relevant. continued →
Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of the bunch. The i8 based prototype (officially unnamed by BMW at this time) replaces the 1.5L MINI derived three-cylinder with a fuel stack. Energy is generated from hydrogen cryogenically stored and contained in a cylindrical tank low down in the center of the car. The stack provides electricity for the electric motor – the only emission being water. continued →
For the past 26 years, Apple has held WWDC. This year was no exception and among the number of announcements that were made earlier this week, an update to CarPlay was one of them. As a reminder, CarPlay is a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running iOS to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. As of now, CarPlay can only be found in a handful of cars, but iOS 9 might change the deal for the automotive space in general, and MINI in particular. continued →
Whenever MINI releases a new app for MINI Connected, even if we never heard of said app, excitement ensues. Early last week, MINI announced the availability of Life360 for MINI Connected. From the App Store description, “Life360 is the world’s leading location-sharing app, and is the best way to stay connected to family, friends, and everyone in between.” It joins a group of great applications already on the platform, including: Glympse (MF’s favorite), Spotify, and MINI Connected XL Journey Mate among others. continued →
As evangelized in Back to the Future Part II, 2015 is supposed to be the year of hoverboards and flying cars (Note: If you don’t know what we’re talking about, stop reading this post and go watch the entire BTTF series now). Sadly, 2015 will probably not be the year of flying DeLoreans, or more appropriately, flying MINIs. With that in mind, we asked our readers last month in what ways could MINI innovate. Coming with up with a tangible answer on such an open-ended question is difficult, but Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas has provided a context that could help us think further about this matter. continued →
The BMW Group just announced the creation of its Startup Garage, that will act as an incubator for innovative startups. It’s a great announcement for a number of reasons. First, it allows the Group to tap into the vibrant German startup scene, which is one of the most active in Europe. Second, it could bring to life products or services that BMW might not have considered in the first place due to lack of resources or talents. We’re very excited to see what comes out of this initiative and how it impacts the MINI brand. continued →
MINI just dropped a prototype – an augmented reality pair of drive glasses that blends the functionality of the car with the outside world. Will they remain a prototype or will MINI build them? Will they succeed where something more macro like Google Glass failed? So many questions. We should have more (including videos) shortly.
Official Release: MINI is revealing the shape of things to come at the Auto Shanghai show with a pioneering innovation. “MINI Augmented Vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a MINI car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future,” explains Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology. “Working with several Qualcomm companies, we have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic MINI design that revolutionise the experience both in and outside the vehicle. This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle.” continued →
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