Mar 11th, 2015
In the latest episode of White Roof Radio, we dedicated some time talking about the state of current infotainment systems. Needless to say it is not great, but seeing a number of established technology companies and smaller players entering the space makes us believe there’s hope for a brighter future. In the meantime, car companies continue to develop their offering and it appears that BMW might complement the interior design of its models with touchscreens sooner rather than later. continued →
Jan 31st, 2015
Cars are becoming more connected each day and just like with computers, smart phones and other “internet of things” connected devices it makes them targets of hackers. The 2014 – 2015 F55 and F56 feature a version of “MINI CONNECTED” that allows the BMW Group’s servers to provide live updates, web connectivity and features such as unlocking or preconditioning of cars. It’s this feature that has been exploited.
Nov 19th, 2014
After a long wait the largest streaming service in the world is finally coming to MINI Connected. Joining Pandora, Tunein and Stitcher, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Napster and Audible, Spotify is part of the MINI connected family of integrated apps that gives drivers a safe autmootive grade interface to control apps from their iOS and Android devices.
Official release: We all know that the new MINI rocks, but now there’s even more for music-loving MINI fans to be jazzed about with the introduction of Spotify to the brand’s roster of third-party App integration.
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.