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RNS 310 from Bosch for the VW Golf VI: Radio navigation operated via touch screen Entry-level device with color display and map view

  • CD navigation and SD card technology for quickly calculated routes
  • Digital dual tuner guarantees excellent reception quality
  • Fully equipped with innovative features
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  • December 15, 2008
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The Bosch Car Multimedia division delivers specially developed radio and navigation devices for the Volkswagen Group and this now includes a completely new radio-navigation system: the RNS 310 for the entry-level segment. VW offers this perfect combination of an excellent car radio and a powerful navigation device for the first time: in the new Golf VI. With its color screen, it is able to visualize the radio station landscape just as clearly as the road geometry and route guidance with permanent-perspective map display. Its functional front design with surfaces finished in black frames a high-quality 13-cm sized color touch screen. In combination with easy-to-operate keys and a central knob to turn or press, the touch screen allows for intuitive operation that makes life easy. A special feature is the fact that these elements can be used parallel to one another: with the exception of just a few primary functions, the RNS 310 can be operated using the touch screen just as effectively as using the central knob.

A world's first: copying navigation data in the device onto an SD card
The RNS 310 navigation system reliably guides the new Golf VI to its destination without any of the usual driving stress – with precise visual and acoustic directional information and detailed 3-D map displays. Underway, the automatic zoom selects the best zoom level – depending on the road class and speed traveled. Within the city limits, it shows a detailed picture of the current road and on highways, there is a preview of up to 25 kilometers of the route up ahead – to provide optimal orientation in any situation.

The navigation data is stored on a CD. However, the user can copy this data onto an SD or an MMC card (Secure Digital or Multi Media Card) directly in the device – i.e. without having to use a PC. The SD card allows a considerably quicker calculation of the routes and the option of storing navigation data for several different countries and/or MP3 music files so that the CD player can be primarily used to play regular audio and MP3 CDs. SD cards with memories of up to 32 GBs can be used to store the navigation data. This means that countries can also be seamlessly connected with one another even though they may be originally stored on different navigation disks. In other words, destination input and route guidance both operate cross-border – without requiring the data medium to be changed.

Destination input makes it possible to store and access up to 200 personally preferred destinations, along with the last 50 destinations stored. During route guidance, filling stations and car parks in the vicinity, their distances away and the driving direction can also be indicated on the screen. And such special destinations as airports, hospitals, restaurants, hotels or tourist attractions can be found within a radius of 75 kilometers using the free-text search and entering a key word and then directly selected.

Excellent reception quality thanks to the dual tuner
With the RNS 310 in the Volkswagen, Bosch also delivers an audio quality that is designed to satisfy the most discerning tastes with respect to its reception concept, contemporary MP3 technologies and connection options. The receiver with the innovative ADR2 chip set (Advanced Digital Receiver) includes a digital dual tuner and reliable DDA technology (Digital Directional Antenna). With access to two antennas, it is the key to a significant improvement in reception performance. The car radio in the new Golf VI can take advantage of this technology to virtually eliminate multipath interference and to pick up more remote radio stations that were hardly audible before. When the radio station received sends a strong signal, the second tuner is also used to process and evaluate the traffic reports broadcast by the radio stations on the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) for dynamic navigation in route calculation. The radio receives information on traffic congestion even when route guidance has not been activated. This is particularly useful and convenient for commuters on their daily travels to and from work.

The integrated CD player in the RNS 310 is just as skilled at playing regular CDs as it is at processing user-burned disks with MP3-compressed audio files. In addition, the radio is equipped with a memory-card slot on the front panel designed to accommodate the meanwhile very popular SD or MMC cards and an external connection for the operation of other audio sources, such as an MP3 player or an iPod. The large color screen is also able to display either just the stored or all the radio stations currently within reception range as well as track lists for the audio source selected to provide a very clear picture of the program and music selection available. Depending on the vehicle features included, other functions can also be displayed optionally, such as the air conditioning or the visual parking assistant.

To ensure the safe use of the telephone in the vehicle, Volkswagen has also had the device prepared for the connection of a Bluetooth cell phone. At the touch of the PHONE button, the audio source currently in operation can be switched to mute or reactivated, as desired. And with an optional universal cell phone box, it is possible to connect a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and operate it via the steering-wheel-mounted remote control – including hands-free talking and hands-free listening via the vehicles speakers.

With this integrated radio-navigation system from Bosch, Volkswagen has placed its trust in innovative technologies and features that are currently unrivaled in the entry-level segment with respect to audio and navigation performance as well as ease of operation and attractive price. Consequently, the Volkswagen Group will not only outfit the new Golf VI with the RNS 310; the new Polo, Touran and Passat as well as the Seat and Skoda will also soon be touring around with this attractively designed audio system on board.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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