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Mini Connected In-Car Entertainment

Feb 22, 2010

Debuting at the 2010 Geneva International Auto Show, Mini Connected offers new options to intelligently connect the driver to the outside world. The new system will be launched simultaneously as an option on the Mini Countryman to provide iPhone integration and web-radio.

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Mini Connected means the Coutnryman becomes the first car to offer a newly developed USB interface with functionality that enables a high level of integration of the iPhone into the in-car audio and infotainment system. This technology provides the basis for unprecedented integration of Smartphone functions, and takes the in-car integration of modern Smartphone telecommunications, entertainment and online functions to a whole new level.

The innovative iPhone interface provides robust data exchange capabilities, allowing a range of infotainment, navigation and communication functions to be used on board the vehicle. Mini Connected also allows functions to be enhanced or personalized to the driver’s individual preferences.

All of the functions integrated through Mini Connected, courtesy of the iPhone, are activated and controlled using the vehicle’s existing operating system. When the system is fitted with the optional Mini Visual Boost radio, the full range of functions can be used. The radio’s high-resolution color display is integrated in the Center Speedo, and the center console-mounted Mini joystick provides convenient, simple and intuitive operation.

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The web radio function means tht once a Mini is linked to the outside world via Mini Connected, the driver has a choice of radio stations streamed to the vehicle from anywhere in the world, provided the station is available in the extensive station database. Mini is the world’s first carmaker to offer this type of function as a manufacturer-installed option on a production vehicle.

Mini Connected also incorporates the Mission Control module, which debuted in the Mini 50 Camden anniversary model. Mission Control evaluates a range of vehicle information, driving situations, etc to supply the driver with relevant commentary and instructions. The signals are used to generate situation-dependent messages.

The dialogue may take the form of safety and comfort-related advice, such as prompts to fasten a seatbelt or guidance on the air conditioning system; or it may provide information relating to the current driving situation and operating status (like outside temperatures or fuel tank level).

The wide repertoire of messages, which marks a significant advance over previous systems, makes for a continually varied dialogue between the Mini and its driver, even in familiar and frequently recurring driving situations. And thanks to Mini Connected, Mission Control now offers extensive functional enhancement and personalization options, such as a choice of language versions and driving modes.

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