3 November 2016

MINI Connected app can now do more

BMW-owned Mini has upgraded its MINI Connected app to bring it further than infotainment functions.

It now includes a personal mobility assistant which can help with journey planning and traffic alerts on the driver’s Apple iPhone. Android-based smartphone compatibility is in development for the future. The app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store

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. It 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.

Inside the car, as soon as the connection between the car and the user’s device has been established, calendar entries are automatically synced and the navigation system starts. Route guidance can therefore begin straightaway and without the user having to enter the destination all over again.

MINI Connected can store locations the user has driven to several times as favourite destinations and can recognise trips made regularly. For example, once MINI Connected learns the driver’s daily route between home and work, it can alert the driver to any unusual traffic delays along their route, and advise that they should leave early to get to work on time.