For safety, designers have installed a head-up display in the new Cooper, located just above the steering wheel. The information that can be displayed includes the speed, navigation instructions, radio station or track number, and collision warning symbols. One neat feature is that the displayed image appears at a virtual distance. This means it appears sharp to the driver without their eyes having to refocus when switching from the road to the head-up display.The new MINI will also be available with collision warning and pedestrian warning systems, including a city braking function that will automatically apply the brakes in low-speed situations (up to 35 mph) if the driver fails to observe an object or person ahead. The system relies on a multifunctional camera that monitors the road ahead at all times.
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On top of these, a speed limit information system, which can read passing traffic signs, will ensure you never get pulled over again--at least for speeding. Importantly, the system compares information on the navigation system to ensure a false warning isn’t given. The system also temporarily stores all data so that, for example, after a short break in driving followed by a restart the previous speed limit signs are immediately displayed again.
Overseas, the new MINI will also come with a high-beam assistant that automatically dims the lights if it detects a vehicle ahead or in the oncoming lane. This feature may not be included in cars delivered to the U.S. due to local headlight standards and regulations.
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For other parking situations, a reverse camera is available. Together with a rear park distance monitoring system, additional support is available when maneuvering thanks to interactive track lines that indicate distance and turning circle. These also indicate whether the intended parking space has enough room for the car.
The world premiere of the new MINI Cooper will be held simultaneously in the British capital of London and at the MINI plant in Oxford on November 18, after which the car heads out to the U.S. and Japan for its public debuts on November 20 at the respective Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows.