In my previous post
, I noted that Purr More the Aqua has updated electronics
. This is perhaps the biggest change between the model years, as it now has its own 4G cell service for enhanced traffic information, emergency calls, concierge service, telemetry, stolen vehicle tracking, and limited remote control.
It's all very cool. It also reminds me that I have said more than once that the 2016 MINI was one firmware upgrade away from being a charter member of Skynet
. These changes are a serious upgrade, and now they can directly push more updates over the air.
|Info Page of MINI Connected|
(from the iPhone App)
The spooky thing is that it knows more than it explicitly publicizes. For instance, in the mock up of the car above from the companion iPhone application, it shows that the car is a convertible Cooper S, and all
the customizations, including color, bonnet stripes, wheels, fog lights, headlight rims and even the mirror caps correctly. It also has (if one scrolls down) our exact current mileage.
I didn't see
any agreement that we were "serfs to global domination" in the Terms and Conditions
. Katherine wonders if we should have read it more carefully before we agreed.
We do have Turnaucka’s Law:
The attention span of a computer is only as long as its electrical cord.
Where's the fuse panel on the 2019 MINI?