Usually found in BMWs, it looks like the Mini Cooper will be getting a simplified version of the hate-it-or-love-it iDrive driver assistance system. Starting with the 2007 model year, Mini Cooper drivers will get to control some of their car's different system—like climate control, audio system and navigation—with the help of iDrive.
One of the knocks against the iDrive is that it encourages drivers to look at all sorts of things that aren't, you know, the road ahead and surrounding traffic. That is supposedly being worked on with suggestions that the Mini Cooper's version of the iDrive will feature more voice-activiated interaction, leading to less wandering eyeballs.
Let's Interface: Mini to Get BMW's iDrive [Jalopnik]