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Engadget Plugs In to MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, MINI Connected Mar 4th, 2013 42 Comments


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:

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MINI Connected Adds Driving Excitement Analyser

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected, Official News Mar 1st, 2013 17 Comments

Driving Excitement Analyzer

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.

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UPDATED: MINI’s All4 System and “100% Power to the Rear Wheels”

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman), Safety, Technology Dec 19th, 2012 21 Comments

[UPDATE] We’ve reached out to our sources at MINI and received clarification on BMW’s announcement last week concerning what appeared to be an update to the ALL4 system. We reported on BMW’s description of the system sending 100% of the power to the rear wheels. However, we also expressed skepticism that perhaps this was an example of MINI and BMW having trouble consistently communicating the details of this system. Our sources are telling us that in actual fact, it’s a little of both.

So let’s clear this up. The ALL4 system can split power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels. It can also put 100% of power to the front wheels. In the case of no traction to the front wheels, it can send all of its available power to the rear wheels, but MINI is saying explicitly that this is still only 50% of the car’s total power. So what BMW described is, in a sense, correct (in that the car will be RWD for that instant); but the chosen language did not account for this nuance.

Descriptions notwithstanding, MINI has also confirmed explicitly that the ALL4 system has not changed for 2013. It’s the same system the Countryman shipped with in 2010. I repeat, it has not been updated. This post, on the other hand, now has.

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iPhone 5 works with MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected Oct 17th, 2012 20 Comments

A topic of discussion under the White Roof lately has been whether or not the iPhone 5 works with MINI Connected. We discussed it at length over the past few shows. Finally, with some testing done, it can be reported that MINI Connected does work with the iPhone 5 as we discussed during Woofcast 441.

We originally heard that the iPhone 5 wouldn’t be supported at this time. Apple isn’t making the connector available to OEMs until November. Once it is available, testing and further development can begin and it’s being reported that a final solution will not be available until mid 2013. We are not sure what those updates will entail. continued →

iPhone 5 and What it Means for MINI

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected, Technology Sep 15th, 2012 37 Comments

BMW and MINI have both diversified their smartphone integration that started with iOS to include the Android platform. Yet the iPhone and iOS remain the most important mobile platform for either brand. So it only makes sense for us (and many of you) to take note when Apple releases a completely new iPhone. Especially one that includes a new connector. So what does it mean for current an future MINI owners? Read on to find out.

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MINI’s New Three Cylinder Engine Revealed at BMW’s New Innovation Days

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, New Product, Official News, Technology Sep 13th, 2012 6 Comments

Our colleagues at BimmerFile have posted the latest information regarding BMW’s new 3-clyinder engine destined for its upcoming FWD 1-series. We’ll be seeing more and more detail on this car leading up to its Paris Motor Show debut in the coming weeks. Leading off with this engine information, MINI fans can learn a lot about what to expect in MINIs to come.

  • With the Efficient Dynamics development strategy, the BMW Group assumes a leading role in the entire automotive industry.
  • The whole fleet in focus: the BMW Group continues to develop Efficient Dynamics and is working on innovative technologies.
  • The BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics family of engines: development of a completely new family of three, four and six-cylinder engines, equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
  • Predictive Power Management: Using navigation data, the power unit learns to “see” – already standard equipment on the new BMW 7 Series.
  • Intelligent Energy Management: heat pump, infrared heating surfaces and the second generation of the air vent control help to save energy.

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MINI Connected Updates to Version 2.3.0

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected Aug 24th, 2012 16 Comments

A new update to MINI Connected is available for download through iTunes. Existing users should see the update as available on their iPhones as well. Enhancements include updates to Foursquare functionality, access to your iPhone calendar and new features in the MINIMALISM Analyser. Full update description after the jump.

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