May 6th, 2014
Apple’s long awaited CarPlay is finally here and everyone’s favorite small car seems to be oblivious to it. Is that by design or was MINI caught flat-footed?
Given our conversations with MINI and BMW engineers over the past few years it’s clear to us that MINI and BMW are taking a wait and see approach with the technology integration. But it’s not due to BMW being caught off-gaurd. While it’s true that Apple has often been very very late to notify its partners about car related technology (Siri integration being a good example), our sources are telling us that Apple worked directly with automotive partners ahead of the CarPlay debut in Geneva earlier this spring . We also believe that BMW (and MINI given that they use the same iDrive system) has been testing its own integration of the system. However that’s not the only thing that BMW is testing deep within the labs of it’s Munich headquarters. continued →
Apr 23rd, 2014
Since its inception, MINI has been working to make MINI Connected smarter and better integrated. While so far much of MINI Connected’s functionality has focused on things like streaming music, driver feedback and economical driving, today they’ve announced a new app for MINI Connected XL called Journey Mate. By integrating the built-in navigation system with real-time traffic info, your own calendar appointments, nearby gas stations and available parking, Journey Mate is designed to help get you where you’re going and provide helpful context along the way.
We’ve said from the start that the potential of MINI Connected is perhaps its most appealing feature. As the system gets more and more well integrated into the digital world around us, it can only get more useful. For those of you looking for more than just the next streaming music service, this app’s for you.
As soon as any of you new F56 owners get your hands on this, we’d love to hear from you on how it works. Meanwhile, here’s full details from MINI:
Nov 26th, 2013
Official Release: The latest music app to launch on MINI Connected offers Amazon customers a convenient way of accessing their audio files on the online store’s Cloud server, using their smartphone in conjunction with the MINI hub. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store and installed in the vehicle via the customer’s Apple iPhone.
Nov 18th, 2013
Good news for Android users. With the launch of the F56, MINI has finally integrated Android support into its MINI Connected infotainment system. On the F56, the MINI Connected option will be available in conjunction with the “Visual Boost Radio” and the MINI navigation system.
Jul 31st, 2013
Since the advent of the iPhone 5, MINI owners with MINI Connected have had one consistent question for us here at MotoringFile: when will MINI update the center armrest dock to fit the taller iPhone 5? Well we finally have an answer. We’d heard unofficially that “late summer” would see a new dock adapter available for the MINI. We’ve now received confirmation that the planned release date is in late August of this year. Your local MINI dealer parts desk should be able to order in the parts even now. Let us know how your install goes.
Mar 4th, 2013
The MINI Connected system is old news to MINI fans and MotoringFile readers, but for the tech world at large, people are just starting to realize what MINI is up to in this regard. Criticism abound, like they do for any tech system, but at its foundation MINI Connected is a particularly innovative system in the automotive infotainment world. Specifically, that it’s scalable and extensible with new apps and updates delivered right through your iPhone. Has MINI gotten every detail right? Of course not, but the fact that the system can be updated in a matter of months, rather than years, is a huge leap forward in automotive tech.
Online tech magazine Engadget was on hand for the Paceman launch a few weeks ago, but in their review they chose to focus on the technological aspects of MINI’s new two door:
Mar 1st, 2013
Official News from MINI: MINI provides the perfect stage for show-stealing driving fun, but it is down to the driver to deliver the perfect performance. And now the Driving Excitement Analyser from MINI Connected is on hand to highlight just how skilfully and safely drivers are exploiting the potential of their new MINI. This innovative and globally unique function assesses how safely drivers can accelerate and steer the car, and how well planned their gear changes and braking can be. The results are displayed on the onboard monitor, with Experience Points (XP) awarded for sporty but safe driving. The Driving Excitement Analyser is another addition to the existing Driving Excitement suite of features and therefore included in the MINI Connected App update, which drivers can access in their MINI via their iPhone. The free update will be available from March 2013 from the Apple App Store and can be uploaded into the car via an iPhone.