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 |  Apr 23 2014, 8:02 AM

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MINI wants you to have “a friend with many benefits” while you’re on the road.

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 |  May 29 2013, 9:31 AM

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Further expanding its in-car online services, MINI has added music-on-demand specialist Deezer to its MINI Connected app lineup.

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 |  Feb 28 2013, 10:01 AM

MINI Connected has added a “Driving Excitement Analyser” to highlight how skillfully (and safely) drivers are handling their MINI vehicles.

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 |  Dec 12 2011, 3:00 PM

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MINI continues to use technology and connectivity to enhance the Mini driving experience with the release of a new app, called Driving Excitement, for its Mini Connected infotainment system. This new app allows the driver to do more than record their vehicle’s diagnostics.

The first mode in the Driving Excitement app is the Condition Check. The driver can run through a status check from engine temperature and fuel levels to the outside temperature and the chance of rain. When the Condition Check determines that all parameters are satisfactory for spirited driving, the system will declare, “Be Mini.”

The second function is Force Meter, an accelerometer that displays directional g-forces. Force Meter will record peak cornering forces as well as the driver’s steering input. The app’s Digital Sports Instrument mode can report engine coolant temperature and current engine speed as well as the amount of horsepower and torque produced.

Finally, the Mini Connected infotainment system now features a new Excitement Mode, which shuts off other functions within the system to only share key driving information so as to not distract the driver. Perhaps most clever of all, the Mini Connected also includes Dynamic Music, for enthusiasts who would like a soundtrack to their drive. Dynamic Music will help a driver choose up-tempo songs for fun, twisty two lane roads or relaxed music for the extended highway drives.

Get the complete Mini Connected app here.

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 |  Oct 08 2010, 4:27 PM

Do you even notice that the music that you’re listening to affects how you drive? Now, MINI has taken infotainment systems to the next level with the MINI Connected system – a cool feature that adjusts the music based on your driving style.

Just one part of the MINI infotainment systems (there’s radio MINI Visual Boost and MINI Navigation too), the MINI Connected plays music that have been exclusively composed for MINI and then adjusts the rhythm depending on how you’re driving.  All of these functions are integrated via an app for the iPhone and can be operated using the car’s joystick, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

Another cool feature included in the package is the iPod Out. This lets the MINI Connected system display the iPod navigation menu in the vehicle’s main center speedo display, and control the music playback features in the iPhone, the iPod touch and the latest generation iPod nano, using the vehicle’s controls.

Also added to the MINI Connected system is a web radio function lets drivers listen to local radio stations independent of their location, and the “Minimalism Analyzer” provides advice on how to drive more efficiently. The app can be programmed to read RSS news feeds, supply Google local searches and send information from your browser to the Cooper’s display. And no infotainment system would be complete without Facebook and Twitter integration.

No word on when this system will be available, but you can check out all of the details in the press release after the jump.

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