BMW has launched a new generation Mini Connected app which now includes a personal mobility assistant which can help with journey planning and traffic alerts on the driver's Apple iPhone. Android-based smartphone compatibility is in development.

Connected, a free download from the Apple App Store (which says the new app is still in development and will be available "soon"), can now automatically access addresses and appointments which the driver has stored in an iPhone calendar and uses this information to plan journeys. It takes the current location and pre-set destination, and factors in real-time traffic information to determine the ideal time to leave – and sends users an alert via smartphone.

Inside the car, as soon as the connection between the car and the user's device has been established, calendar entries are automatically synced and the navigation system starts. Route guidance can therefore begin immediately without the user having to enter the destination again.

The latest app also offers the option of carrying over places and points of interest from other apps and transferring them to the car as destinations for the navigation system.

The app can store locations the user has driven to several times as favourite destinations and can recognise trips made regularly. It learns the driver's daily route between home and work and can alert the driver to any unusual traffic delays along the route and advise an early departure to get to work on time.

Intelligent vehicle status information accessed via the app also assists with journey planning. The driver can use it to check the amount of fuel and estimated driving range. For the just updated Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, a hybrid-specific function has been added which, in addition to the battery charge and fuel tank level, also displays the range available on electric power alone and the overall range of the car.