Updated Mini iPhone app matches music to driving style

If you've ever wanted your own driving soundtrack, Mini has the app for you. The carmaker released a new version of Mini Connected to include a Dynamic Music function that matches music to driving style.

A screenshot of the Dynamic Music stations in the Mini Connected iPhone app.
A screenshot of the Dynamic Music stations in the MINI Connected iPhone app. Screenshot by Liane Yvkoff/CNET

If you've ever wanted your own driving soundtrack, Mini has the app for you. The carmaker released a new version of Mini Connected to include a Dynamic Music function that matches music to driving style.

In a way, Dynamic Music makes the driver the star of his own movie car chase scene. Drivers can select from up to 10 music genres, such as "Clubbing in Moscow" and "Nu Metal Slam" to match their mood and preference. As they accelerate and change lanes, the mix's rhythm and volume keep pace.

But before you drive fast and furious, keep in mind that Mini also added Mission Control, a feature that analyzes the car, its environment, and driving conditions to offer tips and advice during your commute. It's like a built-in back-seat driver that also makes small talk.

Other updates to the Mini Connected app include the capability to compose personalized status updates in the app that you can post while you're in the car. The first version of the app had a preset list of messages that you could post to Facebook and Twitter. The Google Local Search and Google Send to Car services will help you look up destinations and send driving directions to the Mini's navigation system.

 

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