The upcoming 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop will receive a premium driver assistance system that was once limited to luxury vehicles. The automaker also plans to introduce more systems in the future that use intelligent networking to exchange vehicle information to the driver.
The new head-up display system on the Mini Hardtop keeps the driver’s eyes focused on the road ahead by displaying pertinent information in the driver’s line of vision. Available on all future models, the new display system shows the information directly above the steering wheel. Information is displayed in high-resolution color images, with different color schemes to separate the different information.
Speed, navigation, optical signals, traffic signs, and entertainment details are all displayed on this new system, which appear at a virtual distance so the driver’s eyes don’t have to refocus when switching their gaze from the road to the display.
On top of the new display system, the next Mini will also receive a video-based adaptive cruise control that can be used at speed between 20 and 85 mph. When activated, the system will accelerate and brake for the driver and will deactivate either when the driver engages the pedals or the car in front drops below 20 mph. Another new feature is the parking assistant that helps with parallel parking. When an appropriate space is found, the driver simply has to press a button and the car will park itself. A rearview camera and high-beam assistant will also be available on the new Mini Hardtop.
The world premiere of the Mini will be held in London at the Mini Plant in Oxford, and the hatch will later debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.