Mini Cooper SE gets driving and operating aids

Mini Cooper SE gets driving and operating aids

In future, people with restricted mobility and fine motor skills will also be able to drive the all-electric Mini Cooper SE, as the model will now be available with appropriate driving and operating aids.

These include a so-called gas ring on the steering wheel, a handbrake knob next to the steering wheel and a removable pedal cover. The closed gas ring for electrically powered vehicles sits on the inner circle of the steering wheel, allowing convenient manual operation of the gas function by hand pressure, BMW says. The shape of the gas ring means that both hands can be kept on the steering wheel, it adds. If another driver is moving the car without restriction, the gas ring can be deactivated via a switch and can also be removed if necessary thanks to its wireless functionality.

To make parking or smooth starts (such as in a traffic jam) easier with the throttle ring, there is a special setting for a reduced throttle characteristic. No other changes to the Mini Cooper SE's e-drive are mentioned in the announcement.

The brake lever is placed on the right below the steering wheel and is supposed to be operated with minimal effort. There is no linkage by which the lever operates the original brake pedal in the Cooper SE. BMW even goes so far as to separate the pedals from the footwell with a cover so that they cannot be accidentally operated. As with the throttle ring, the cover can simply be removed if another driver is present, which means that the car can also be driven with the original pedals.