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Following the introduction of BMW Connected, MINI has launched its version of the app. The MINI Connected app was announced alongside the unveiling of the new F60 MINI Countryman, which will make its world debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The app – which is available as a free download from the Apple App Store, with an Android-based version set to be introduced in the future – maintains a seamless connection between the driver’s MINI and his/her iPhone via either a Bluetooth or USB connection, making it easy, convenient and safe to enjoy stress-free driving.

Like BMW Connected, MINI Connected includes a personal mobility assistant which can help with journey planning and traffic alerts, and the app can automatically access addresses and appointments which the driver has stored in their iPhone calendar and uses this information to plan journeys.

The app takes the current location and pre-set destination, and factors in real-time traffic information on the traffic situation to determine the ideal time to leave, and sends users a timely alert in the form of a notification on their smartphone.

Inside the car, once a connection between the vehicle and the user’s device has been established, calendar entries are automatically synced and the navigation system starts, offering seamless, fuss-free route guidance. It will also offer the option of carrying over places and points of interest from other apps and transfer them to the car as destinations for the navigation system.

Again, like BMW Connected, the MINI app can store locations the user has driven to several times as favourite destinations and can recognise trips made regularly – once it has learnt the driver’s daily route between home and work, it can alert the driver to any unusual traffic delays along their route, and advise that they should leave early to get to their destination on time.

For the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, a hybrid-specific function has been added. In addition to the battery charge and fuel tank level, the app will also display the range available on electric power alone and the overall range of the car.