MINI is introducing a number of driver assist systems that employ intelligent networking for the exchange of information between driver and vehicle. The use of networking technology for the targeted exchange of information between driver, vehicle and the outside is nothing new, as it has been employed for over 40 years already.
Some of these networking technologies that MINI has introduced include radar-based distance warning device in 1972, the first on-board computer with exterior temperature display in 1980, the first navigation system fully integrated in the Europe-made vehicle in 1994, and first Emergency Call system in 1997.
Likewise, an interface technology for integrating the iPhone in the MINI operating system was already available in 2007.
Since two years ago, more online-based functions can be integrated in the MINI Connected package, thanks to apps. MINI also made sure that the driver won’t have to take his eyes off the road just to read relevant information on a display by installing the head-up display right in the driver's line of vision.
MINI is also making use of collision warning and pedestrian warning systems to help avoid accidents on the road. The MINI parking assist feature, meanwhile, allows a driver to search for and using parking spaces.
The reversing camera, on the hand, provides drivers a better view when making maneuvers. Other new features in the driver assist systems for MINI include the video-based speed and distance control that automatically keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
The systems also include the speed limit information system that detects and displays speed limits as they apply to the current section of road. On the other hand, the digital headlight assist function allows optimum visual conditions during night driving.
Oncoming traffic and preceding vehicles are registered by a camera, and the system will automatically switch to dimmed headlights to avoid blinding other drivers. [source: MINI]