2014 MINI COOPER
MINI's new Cooper hatch will launch with an advanced assistance system that will include a head-up display, parking assist, and collision warning with auto-braking.
Much of this information will appear in the head-up display, projecting warnings and data onto a special clear folding panel atop the dash - rather than directly onto the windscreen, as many current systems do.
The display will offer information on current speed and the posted limit, along with navigation instructions, audio track names and radio stations, and a number of key alerts.
A new collision and pedestrian warning system will also feature, matched to a new city braking function which can automatically apply the Cooper's brakes at speeds up to 60km/h.
The collision avoidance system uses a high windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the path ahead for vehicles and pedestrians.
As with other systems, audio and visual warnings are issued if a possible collision is anticipated, applying the brakes only if the driver fails to respond in time.
A digital headlight assist system is also on the new Cooper's feature list, automatically activating and deactivating high-beam mode depending on light conditions and the presence of other vehicles.
There's also a video-based active cruise control system, developed to maintain the car's speed and distance relative to other vehicles on the road.
A rear-view camera system will of course also feature, along with a parallel parking assistant and a road-sign memory system.
The new MINI Cooper will make its world premiere at next month's LA Auto Show. Expect an Australian debut to occur early in 2014.