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Bosch Navigation App: New version 1.5 for iPhone and iPad 3D nav system with integrated “flinc” ride service

  • Now with stopover option for longer road trips
  • 4-star rating in the App Store
  • Eco route and curve warning assistant for energy-efficient, safe driving
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  • February 14, 2012
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Bosch has continued development on its navigation app for the iPhone and iPad and now offers it in the new version 1.5 in the iTunes App Store. The handy stopover option and the integrated “flinc” ride-sharing service are the two main features that have been added to the graphically sophisticated premium navigation system with the easily recognizable 3D landmarks. This app is based on expert know-how gathered over a period of two decades – after all, Bosch already launched the first series navigation system onto the market in 1989. “We have developed innovative features that take the navigation app to a new level,” commented Florian Knollmann, a product manager at Bosch SoftTec GmbH in Hildesheim.

The new version 1.5 of the Bosch navigation app now makes it possible to plan stopovers en route for the first time. It is no longer necessary to start from the very beginning again when a stop is made along the way. This is particularly useful on longer road trips, when stops for tourist attractions, overnight stays and stops at restaurants or filling stations can be easily added to the itinerary.

Another new function is “Plus Routes”, which suggests alternative routes to the selected destination as soon as the system calculates a savings in terms of time and/or distance. After checking the new route, the driver can decide to accept the alternative route with a single click to get to his or her destination more quickly and conveniently.

Another highlight in the version 1.5 of the Bosch navigation app is the integration of the “flinc” (www.flinc.org) mobility portal. Anyone who uses the mobile ride-sharing service will be notified by the Bosch navigation system while underway if there is someone nearby who would like to ride along to the same destination. If the driver accepts this suggestion, he will be automatically guided to wherever the person is waiting and then to the final destination of the ride. The driver charges the passenger a certain amount of the driving costs, which means he saves money, and driving together is also good for the environment.

As far as Florian Knollmann is concerned, the new version 1.5 created by the Bosch SoftTec engineers is another big step forward along the way to a nearly perfect navigation experience: “The current version of our navigation app was rated with an average of four stars in the store – those are very good results and it motivates us to develop even more exciting new features. We place a special focus on simplified operation, easy orientation and safe as well as low-stress driving.”

Up to now, the Bosch navigation system has been known primarily for its impressive 3D artMap, a well-developed curve warning assistant, a fuel-saving “eco” route and the INRIX Real Time Traffic in-app purchase, a real-time traffic congestion warning service.

The Navteq map material that is constantly available in the device offline covers Germany, Austria and Switzerland (“DACH”) as well as all the major trans-European highways. Other products in the app store include navigation solutions for France, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Great Britain, the Benelux countries and Scandinavia.

The Bosch version 1.5 navigation app is available for iPhones as well as for iPads in the Apple App Store at
http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/bosch-navigation-d-a-ch/id397121514?mt=8

Bosch SoftTec GmbH, which was first formed in July 2011, is headquartered in Hildesheim and is a subsidiary of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH. On the basis of decades of experience in the field of Car Infotainment and automotive software, a small team of specialists at Bosch SoftTec develops new product solutions in the segments for automotive software, connected services, cloud and smartphone applications.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 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. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Mehr Informationen unter www.bosch.com, www.bosch-presse.com.

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