MINI makes intelligent link-up

MINI has introduced its new connected app which now includes personal mobility assistant.

Based on a flexible platform – the Open Mobility Cloud – and available on Apple iPhone, with Android-based smartphone compatibility in development, the app can help with journey planning and traffic alerts.

The new MINI Connected app, which has been launched alongside the unveiling of the new MINI Countryman, sees the personal mobility assistant performing a variety of new tasks.

As with BMW Connected, MINI Connected can now automatically access addresses and appointments which the driver has stored in their iPhone calendar and uses this information to plan journeys. MINI Connected takes the current location and pre-set destination, and factors in real-time traffic information on the traffic situation to determine the ideal time to leave – and sends users a timely alert in the form of a notification on their smartphone.

The new MINI Connected also offers the option of carrying over places and points of interest from other apps and transfer them to the car as destinations for the navigation system.

MINI Connected can store locations the user has driven to several times as favourite destinations and can recognise trips made regularly.

Intelligent vehicle status information accessed via the new MINI Connected app also assists with journey planning. For example, the driver can use MINI Connected on their device to check the amount of fuel and estimated driving range.