The new Mini Connected system features a personal mobility assistant, it has been revealed.

The next generation app, which connects the vehicle to the driver’s mobile phone, is based on the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform. It includes a personal mobility assistant, which will provide journey planning and traffic office 2016 Product key alerts in the form of a notification on the driver’s Apple smartphone, with Android-compatibility expected to come later.

It determines the journey planning by taking the current location and pre-set destination, and factoring in real-time traffic information. Using this information, it informs the driver of the ideal time to leave, and then gives an alert at that time, again via a notification on their phone.

Launched alongside the new Mini Countryman, the free app is available on the App Store, and connects the phone to the car via a Bluetooth or USB connection.

When the driver climbs inside the car, providing their Bluetooth is activated, their mobile phone will automatically connect to the Mini, and calendar entries will be automatically synced. The navigation system and route guidance starts straight away, meaning the driver will not have to enter their destination again.

Places and points of interest can be carried over from other apps onto the navigation system, to allow for the ultimate ease of use.

Adding to all of these handy features, is the Mini Connected App’s ability to learn the driver’s routine and recognise trips made regularly.

An example of this is on the driver’s daily commute. Once Mini Connected knows the route the driver takes to and from work, it will alert them to any unusual traffic delays, and advise the optimum time to leave.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

November 4, 2016