AutoTech: Hands-on With The Mini Connected Infotainment System

Mini’s rolling out a slick new in-vehicle system and we recently got a hands-on demo. Mini Connected features much of what you’d expect for a modern infotainment system including a tight integration with iOS devices but there are some nifty new tricks. Everyone wants RSS feeds in their car, right?

The fun parts starts when the car uses the phone’s data connection to search Google Local and then feeds the info to the car’s navigation. No longer are owners stuck with potentially outdated navigation data as the results are pulled directly from Google. Mini also developed a fun social app called MINIMALISM Analyser that collects and presents all sorts of fun driving data. It records everything from driving distance to gas millage with the goal of increasing fuel efficiency.

More to come from Kyle’s trip to BMW’s Silicon Valley design facility.