2014 Mini Cooper Safety, Driver-Assist Systems Revealed
- The 2014 Mini Cooper will be offered with several new safety and driver-assistance features, including a new head-up display.
- A new head-up display projects information onto a small folding screen on the dashboard.
- The 2014 Mini Cooper will also get a digital headlight assist system, a parking assist system and traffic sign memory system.
LOS ANGELES — The 2014 Mini Cooper will be offered with several new safety and driver-assistance features, including a new head-up display, the automaker said ahead of the car's debut on November 18. The debut will be followed by simultaneous reveals at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show and 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2014 Mini Cooper will also get a digital headlight assist system, a parking assist system and traffic sign memory system.
BMW said future Minis will "roll out a number of innovative driver assist systems that also use intelligent networking for the exchange of information between driver and vehicle."
A new head-up display projects information onto a small folding screen on the dashboard instead of the windshield. The information includes speed and navigation instructions in arrow-based graphics.
A multifunctional camera mounted on the windshield at the same level as the rearview mirror is designed for several driver assist systems, including the collision warning and pedestrian warning with city braking function. The setup monitors pedestrians and vehicles in front of the car, providing audio and visual warnings to the driver. If the driver does not respond, the car will automatically begin braking.
The new park assist system helps the driver with parallel parking. It uses ultrasound sensors to measure possible parking spaces as it passes them. As soon as a big enough space is found, the space will be displayed in the Mini central information display. The automatic parking sequence can be started at the press of a button. The driver does not have to touch the steering wheel.
The digital headlight assist system automatically activates and deactivates the high beams, depending on traffic and lighting conditions.
The traffic sign memory system "enables the Mini driver to retain an overview despite the jungle of signs he encounters," the company said. The driver is informed about the permitted maximum speed at all times.
The new Mini Cooper will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014. The Mini plant in Oxford, England will host the world premiere of the car.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Mini Cooper will have some sophisticated safety and driver-assistance features. But it's still anybody's guess how much these will add to the bottom line at this point.