Roughly almost two years ago, Mini introduced its iPhone controlled and internet enabled system known as the Mini Connected infotainment system. The system offers exclusive options to further enhance the driving experience and keep drivers connected to the outside world.
The system features a newly developed USB interface that integrates with the Apple iPhone. Some of the available features, via a free iPhone app also known as Mini Connected, enables the drivers to link the iPhone and the car to provide news, Facebook and Twitter feeds, internet radio streaming, audio player control and etc. Now, the Mini Connected infotainment system has expanded its features with several new functions such as Condition Check, Force Meter and Digital Sports Instruments.
The Condition Check function monitors a range of vehicle systems such as engine temperature, fuel level and Sports mode settings. It even monitors the current weather. If all these vehicle systems are in order, the system will display a “Be MINI” message.
The Force Meter function displays the current g-load of the car. It measures and records lateral and longitudinal acceleration. Maximum values are recorded into the system and you can prove or brag to your friends that you have drove through high speeds around the corner.
The Digital Sports Instruments function displays information such as coolant temperature, current engine output demanded (in bar graph form), current RPM readings and current torque output.
Mini says that their Connected app system is “the latest example of innovative infotainment technology designed to enhance the enjoyment of driving and it may help drivers to stay focused on the roads instead of playing with their smart phones while driving.
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