These new safety systems will first appear on the 2014 Mini hatchback
Distance control can be selected from the steering wheel
New pedestrian detection systems will also be used on future models
Rear parking camera can watch out for any hidden obstacles behind the car
Most information is sent directly to the built-in central infotainment unit
Sensors can apply emergency braking in cities if a collision is detected
The new tech forms part of Mini's Connected app system
Park assist is just one of the new functions to be introduced
A rear camera will make parking in small spaces a breeze
Leading the new range is Mini's head-up display for drivers. The small display shows relevant information like speed, local traffic signs, and navigation data, and aims to provide minimal distration during driving.
As well as the HUD, future Mini models will come with collision warning and pedestrian warning alerts, as well as emergency city braking. Park assist and a reversing camera will also aid motorists.
At night, a new headlight system automatically detects pedestrians and other vehicles, dimming the vehicle's headlights without input from the driver.
Other systems, including traffic sign memory, speed limit display and distance control, will also feature.
The 2014 Mini hatchback has been caught testing a number of times, and also seen completely undisguised.
The car will be sold with a range of turbocharged direct-injection three- and four-cylinder petrol engines, with outputs ranging from 134bhp to 189bhp. The only diesel engine confirmed so far is a 1.5-litre common-rail unit developing 114bhp and 199lb ft of torque.