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Optimized settings for reducing fuel costs The Fuel Saver App from Bosch SoftTec Bluetooth® adapter for connection to the vehicle

  • Save money when refueling at filling stations in Germany
  • Choose your preferred strategy for refueling
  • Overview of your savings at a glance
  • Available in the Google Play Store for Android smartphones
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  • October 07, 2014
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Drivers using the new Fuel Saver App from Bosch SoftTec GmbH can customize settings to help them to save money when refueling their vehicles at filling stations in Germany. The app offers drivers three different strategies – Thrift Driver, Time Watcher, or Money Collector – to choose from, depending on their own time preferences and money-saving goals. Based on information acquired from the vehicle’s fuel gage, the Fuel Saver App determines which filling station along or near the chosen route has the best price.

Vehicle connection via OBD Bluetooth® adapter
The app can be used in any vehicle which provides fuel gage information via onboard diagnostics (OBD). All that is required is an OBD Bluetooth® adapter (available separately) connected to the vehicle and the Fuel Saver App. The app checks for the vehicle’s compatibility with the OBD interface and activates the Fuel Saver function.

Various driving strategies: Thrift Driver, Time Watcher, Money Collector
The Thrift Driver strategy emphasizes refueling at the lowest cost. However, the Thrift Driver’s willingness to take a detour only for the sake of the best price is not unlimited. So-called Time Watchers would like to save money, but also want to reach their destinations quickly and will accept only a short detour. Saving money is the Money Collectors' overriding priority, so they are prepared to make a more substantial detour to a filling station with lower prices.

Convenient navigation to the chosen filling station
Once the app has located the filling station which best meets the selected criteria, the pre-installed basic navigation of the smartphone is launched. If there are changes in the route or fuel prices, the app, accessing the data of all German filling stations, conducts a search at regular intervals to identify a different filling station. Yet another feature is the calculation of total savings and visualization of the results at a glance so that drivers are given a feeling for how much they have saved on all driven routes.

If drivers want nothing more than an overview of current fuel prices at filling stations in Germany without the attendant calculation of a route, they can use the app’s so-called "Surroundings Radar" showing the available prices.

The Fuel Saver App and additional details are available immediately in the Google Play Store for smartphones running Android 4.0 or later.

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. 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: Mobility Solutions, 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."

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI8556 - October 07, 2014

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