The MINI connected app will updated in mid-August. The app uses Nokia HERE maps to allow the driver to see routes on his/her smartphone before entering the car as well as automatically shows the best routes for destinations driven to frequently. The app will be centered on essentials, navigation, apps, performance data, search and calendar.
MINI Streetwise shows the route on a smartphone before the journey starts. The app uses personal driving data with the user’s own past journeys, and shows information such as journey duration and fuel consumption.
The app determines the current location and displays all destinations recorded to date and the best routes on the smartphone. If several drives to the same destination have already been recorded, MINI Streetwise will calculate the user’s personal best route as the recommended option. Clicking on the destination pin calls up the estimated time of arrival together with alternative routes, including data such as distance, journey duration and fuel consumption.
Users can choose to have the places displayed on a map or as a list. This same information can also be seen the Center Instrument once the smartphone has been connected to the MINI. Drivers therefore always have a clear recommendation for the best way to get from A to B.
The Sports Instruments and Force Meter apps can be viewed on the MINI Center Instrument to display performance data. Sports Instruments shows engine data including rev speed, torque, engine temperature and current engine output. The Force Meter application, meanwhile, shows all accelerating forces on the screen while on the move, using graphics to indicate the current longitudinal and lateral acceleration in sectors surrounding a virtual MINI in the center of the display.
Online Search can be used to find places and addresses while in the car and transfer them straight to the optional MINI navigation system for route planning.
Phone calls can be made directly from the Online Search such as to make a reservation in a restaurant.
MINI Connected also allows the vehicle to connect to the smartphone’s calendar. All appointments and the to-do list are then shown in the vehicle display, together with details such as attendees, phone numbers and addresses, and can be imported into the navigation system as destinations, while calls can be placed directly via the vehicle’s hands-free system.