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iPhone Apps: Bosch nav system in the fast lane thanks to update and the integrated “flinc” ride-sharing service

  • After the launch of Version 1.5: Bosch app scores high
  • Find passengers and share fuel costs
  • Smart opportunity to save as driving costs increase
  • Changing mobility needs also benefit the environment
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  • April 23, 2012
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Following the extensive update and product introduction of Version 1.5 just a few weeks ago, buyers are giving the Bosch navigation app top marks: since the integration of the flinc ride-sharing service, the Bosch pilot has been averaging 4.5 of a maximum five possible points. This translates as at least one point more than the competition, as a quick look at the iTunes App Store reveals. “We have learned to listen to our customers in the App Store and to continually adapt the Bosch navigation system to meet specific user needs and wants. This is the only way that makes sense when market leadership is the goal,” comments Florian Knollmann, Product Manager for Mobility Solutions at Bosch SoftTec GmbH.

In addition to the 3D-artMap, the curve warning system and INRIX, the real-time traffic congestion warning service, the integration of the “flinc” ride-sharing service is the latest feature that users really appreciate. “We are very happy that this quick mobility portal has met with such a high level of customer acceptance. An increasing number of drivers are now more than willing to take extra passengers along with them, which is not surprising considering the current fuel prices,” continues Knollmann. Anyone participating in the mobile ride-sharing service can request to be messaged by the Bosch navigation system while on the road if there is a potential passenger in the area with a similar destination. If the price the passenger wants to pay is attractive, the driver can confirm. After that, the Bosch navigation app guides the driver to the passenger’s location, then to the passenger’s destination and finally to the driver’s own destination. As a result, the driver can defray some of the driving costs with little effort and in an environmentally friendly way. “The integration of a ride-sharing service in a navigation system makes sense in times when sharing cars and bikes is becoming increasingly popular,” says Knollmann. Mobility is changing. The transportation concepts of the future will be based on a much stronger connection between the different modes of transportation. Increasing fuel prices are also driving this development forward.

The NAVTEQ map material, which is always available in the unit offline, covers Germany, Austria and Switzerland (“D-A-CH”) as well as all the major trans-European highways. Other products in the app store include navigation solutions for France, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, the UK, the Benelux countries and Scandinavia.
“Bosch Navigation D-A-CH” is now 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 is located in Hildesheim, Germany, is part of the Bosch Group and profits from the network and know-how of a leading supplier to the automotive industry. Based on decades of experience in Car Infotainment, a team of specialists at Bosch SoftTec develops solutions in the demanding fields of automotive software, networked services 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.

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com

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