Auto News

AutoGuide News Blog


The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
 |  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.

Continue Reading…