All new MINI models will be available with the option of a built-in 4G SIM card from this March. This will allow MINI drivers to access to the internet without needing a smartphone in the car.
The first models to be made available with this new and extensive connectivity capability are the new MINI 3 Door, new MINI 5 Door, and the new MINI Convertible. This means the existing features in the portfolio, such as Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices, will be joined by new services including the Concierge Service, Real-Time Traffic Information with navigation map updates and MINI Online.
The optional 4G SIM card and an update for the MINI Connected app will allow customers to access a variety of new digital services from March 2018. These include:
- Time-to-Leave Notifications -push messages to assist punctual departure.
- Send to Car -for importing destinations from a smartphone to the car.
- Remote Services – for locking the car’s doors from a smartphone
- A charging timer, charging station search facility and personal efficiency status display in electrified MINI models
The company has also intriduces MINI Concierge Service that provides assistance while on the move. The Concierge can be contacted by telephone around the clock to source information and address data for the driver, research connections and offer practical tips during the journey.
The new MINI Connected services will be offered in a choice of three packages: Connected Media, Connected Navigation and Connected Navigation Plus. When used together with the MINI Connected app on a smartphone, they will open up access to a host of digital services both inside the car and beyond.
The MINI Connected portfolio will be expanded in 43 countries from March. The list includes Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Kuwait, USA, United Arab Emirates etc.