Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Bosch subsidiary Mobility Media successfully establishes Drivelog in the German market Driver and workshop portal Drivelog on the road to success with numerous cooperation partners Expansion into further European countries

  • More than 200 000 drivers and 8 000 workshops registered in Germany
  • Online platform bundles offers for drivers and workshops
  • Connected Drivelog as new module
The driver and workshop portal Drivelog, which was launched in September 2012, is steadily growing. More than 200 000 drivers have meanwhile registered on the free online platform. Around 8 000 workshop partners introduce themselves and their services in the portal that is operated by the Mobility Media GmbH in Berlin, a wholly-owned Bosch subsidiary.

In the meantime, several cooperation partners have joined the portal. By cooperating with Tyre24, the largest online portal for tire sales, Drivelog has entered the eCommerce business. Further cooperation exists with the German automobile club ADAC, the TÜV Rheinland Group and the wholesale trader for vehicle spare parts, Stahlgruber. Besides Bosch Car Services and the AutoCrew companies, further brand partners such as the workshop concepts Euromaster, FirstStop and 1a present themselves on drivelog.de. This further increases the platform's attractiveness for drivers.

After being successful in the German market, Drivelog now plans on expanding into other European markets. First up are Sweden and France where national Drivelog portals are about to go live.

Expansion with real time data directly from the vehicle
Mobility Media will expand the benefit for drivers and workshops by adding real time information with the new additional module “Connected Drivelog”. To do so, a small Bluetooth adapter transmits data from the vehicle's OBD interface to the Drivelog Mobile App on the smartphone, and for each driving route the driver receives information on vehicle data, route, consumption, mileage and time that is stored in a logbook. A car check function displays the vehicle's condition and error messages. If required, the driver can directly schedule an appointment with the workshop. Moreover, the program provides feedback regarding the driving style and makes suggestions for fuel-efficient driving. “Connected Drivelog will not only include new applications for our users but also complement the platform's current functionalities,” says Managing Director Florian Bankoley. Connected Drivelog will be available to registered drivers as of the beginning of 2015.

Complete vehicle documentation increases the resale value
Drivelog is the first and so far the only online platform that bundles offers around the mobility for drivers and workshops. With only one mouse-click, drivers have all important data and information around their car at hand. At www.drivelog.de the free portal offers registered drivers a cost monitor function and a digital service booklet. All expenses for fuel, care, maintenance and repairs can be easily collected via the website or the smartphone Drivelog-App that is also free of charge. The recorded information in the service booklet creates a complete vehicle documentation that increases the value if the vehicle is resold at a later point in time. Add to that, Drivelog reminds the driver of important workshop appointments or the next general inspection. The portal knows where the next workshop or the cheapest gas station is located. In the tire shop, the driver can choose the proper tires for their vehicle and at the same time schedule an appointment for a tire change in a workshop close-by.

Drivelog strengthens the workshops' internet presence
Workshops benefit from the modern marketing tools offered by Drivelog. After the free registration in the online portal, a business creates a profile with only a few mouse-clicks that includes all important information. This helps drivers to easily find this workshop on Drivelog. Moreover, the tire shop with its retail price calculator can be accessed directly. Beyond the free basic membership, Drivelog offers further attractive services within the framework of the professional and the premium memberships, which include e.g. a better ranking in the workshop search results, the publication of offers or corporate news, the targeted mailing to registered drivers or the possibility to schedule a workshop appointment online.

Cooperation partners increase the attractiveness of the online portal
Thanks to the cooperation with Tyre24, the online platform for tire sales, the workshops connected with Drivelog have the opportunity to present themselves as online tire sellers, thus generating additional revenue.

The B2B platform Tyre24, which was founded in 2002, has established itself in the German market as interface between tire wholesalers and retailers, also offering rims and tuning accessories. Drivers benefit from the broad range of tires Drivelog workshop partners are able to offer.

Thanks to the cooperation with the German automobile club ADAC, which was established in September 2013, Drivelog was able to expand its offer regarding further information on mobility. ADAC members can use Drivelog offers directly via the club's website. Drivers who have registered with Drivelog may leave their ADAC member number in the portal and are thus able to directly benefit from the special conditions offered to ADAC members.

The cooperation with the TÜV Rheinland Group, which was initiated in February 2014, gives Drivelog users access to appointments for general inspection in one of the 140 inspection centers or their partner workshops nationwide. Appointments can be directly scheduled online. Further online tools and information around the vehicle are currently planned and include a used car evaluation and a vehicle quality certificate.

The wholesaler for vehicle spare parts, Stahlgruber, uses the entire Drivelog service within the framework of the partnership with Drivelog, which was also initiated in February 2014, for the passenger car workshops of its full service workshop concepts “Meisterhaft” and “AC Auto Check”.

Contact person for readers:
Mobility Media GmbH
Jana Nowak
phone: +49 30 327 88-427
Jana.Nowak@mobility-media.com

About Drivelog: Drivers are provided with services around their own vehicle via mobile app and in the portal. At www.drivelog.de, numerous offers are made available to the users. Workshops, gas stations and other companies can present their business online using Drivelog. Launched in September 2012, the platform by now counts more than 200 000 registered users and more than 8 000 connected workshop partners. It is operated by the Mobility Media GmbH, a Robert Bosch GmbH company that is headquartered in Berlin and develops and operates innovative online services and social media offers for drivers.

Find more information at www.drivelog.de

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,500 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 800 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

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

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Long-standing competence and experience around the wheel Beissbarth shows current new developments at the Automechanika

  • Precision measuring equipment for the automotive industry and service
  • Touchless: Wheel alignment within seconds
  • New: Digital headlamp testing
  • New: Tire changer MS 630 for the professional tire service
Beissbarth develops and manufactures precision measuring equipment for the service organization of manufacturers, independent vehicle workshops and inspection organizations worldwide – always according to the quality requirements given by the automotive manufacturers. Beissbarth's development core focuses especially on high precision optical systems for wheel alignment, on test lanes for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes as well as on headlamp adjustment devices. Moreover, Beissbarth also offers tire changers, wheel balancers, AC Service equipment and lifts. Thanks to its many decades of competence and experience, many automotive manufacturers rely on products by Beissbarth.

Current product highlights at the Automechanika
With the start of the trade fair, the Beissbarth Development Department launches the "Touchless" wheel alignment. Stereo cameras with laser projectors in all four sensor heads measure 4 wheels simultaneously. This does not even require measure marks on the tires or the installation of other auxiliary devices. Setup times excluded, highly precision wheel alignment is possible within seconds. Thus, the system is particularly suited for the use at the workshop check-in.

Beissbarth also offers an extensive range of digital headlamp adjustment devices. The newest product is the MLD 815, which makes high precision inspection and adjustment works on Xenon and LED headlamps possible by means of digital CMOS camera technology and numerous high-quality system components.

The manufacturer-specific systems for automatic headlamp range adjustment increase the complexity of the adjustments especially for modern headlamp systems. For applications like this, the digital headlamp adjustment device MD 815 by Beissbarth is the future-proof solution for modern workshops. Laser technology supports the service employees in exactly aligning the light box of the adjustment device to the vehicle and to the lamp (Xenon or LED projection unit). The user is provided in real time with the measurement results on an interactive 5.7" touchscreen display.

The tire changer MS 630 with G-frame, which sets a new benchmark for robustness and solidity, is also new in the Beissbarth product range. Especially when mounting and demounting Ultra High Performance tires (UHP) or Run-flat tires (RFT), strong forces act on the mounting head. The G-Frame concept of the new Beissbarth mounting devices was developed based on the computer-assisted finite element method. Thanks to its geometry, the mounting head of the MS 620 always stays exactly in position. Next to numerous improvements in detail, special emphasis was put on high working speed: thus, the bead breaking of the tires is now done 40 per cent quicker than with the previous product generation; and compared to traditional devices up to 25 per cent of time can be saved during the inflation of the tires. Also especially worth mentioning is that the speed of the clamping turntable is controlled with the MS 630's pedal, in case of type 1ph/230V continuously via the frequency converter.

A brand with a long tradition
The Beissbarth GmbH was originally founded already in 1899 by the Munich merchants Daniel and Hermann Beissbarth. The two Bavarian automotive pioneers received the very first vehicle registration plate with the no. 1 and Germany's first driver's license was also issued in their name. In 1951, the sons of the company's founders finally developed the first workshop service device, a wheel balancer. The production of lifts as of 1960, the development of optical systems for wheel alignment in the 1970s and the manufacture of entire test lanes for passenger cars and trucks as of 1990 are further milestones in the company's history. Beissbarth has been a Bosch Group company already since April 2007 and is integrated in the Automotive Service Solutions product area of the Automotive Aftermarket Business Division.

Contact Person for press inquiries at the Automechanika:
Marco Kempin
phone: +49 89 149 01 267
mobile: +49 172 7206976
marco.kemping@beissbarth.com
www.beissbarth.com

Contact person for general press inquiries:
Heiderose Dreiner
phone: +49 721 942-3145
mobile: +49 151 16805615
Heiderose.dreiner@de.bosch.com
www.bosch-presse.de

Beissbarth GmbH, founded in 1899 in Munich, manufactures precision measuring equipment for car manufacturers and workshops worldwide. In addition to the core competencies of wheel alignment and brake testing / test lanes Beissbarth also offers tire changers, wheel balancers, A/C service equipment and lifts. Since April 2007 Beissbarth is a company of the Bosch Group and subsequently integrated in the product section of the Diagnostics division Automotive Aftermarket.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,500 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 800 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

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

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Robinair Leading specialist in the worldwide market for automotive A/C service Broad range of tools and equipment

  • Innovative A/C service tools from the technology leader
  • New: remote control devices
  • Strong history: Robinair was founded in 1956 and specialized early on in A/C service
Robinair today is not only the world market leader in the area of automotive A/C service but also takes the lead in innovative power and technological competence. Robinair provides the entire range of secure and effective maintenance and repair works on automotive A/C of any size. Besides automatic A/C units, the product range also includes diagnostics systems, and electronic and UV leak detectors as well as flushing systems. The international team of developers in the US and Italy permanently work on further improving the technology of Robinair devices. The aim is to guarantee highest standards in performance, safety and efficiency for the daily workshop use.

Current product highlights
New in the Robinair product range is a remote service software for the A/C service device AC788PRO and the types AC 1234-7 and -8. The A/C service device can thus be operated with a remote control. The function Remote Management allows the service employee to control all device functions via Bluetooth, LAN or USB connection. The A/C device can be accessed by the Robinair service center employees with Remote Assistance which allows them to assist the workshop employees online with the calibration or A/C service, and accompany them step-by-step through the test procedure. Moreover, the service center receives information and notes regarding the independent installation of updates via the Remote Software.

Specialist with American roots
Kent-Moore Corporation, the manufacturer of special tools, from Warren, Michigan, founded the subsidiary Robinair in 1956 with the task of developing tools for the repair of technical devices. With the increasing popularity of air conditioning, both for homes and automobiles, Robinair soon focused on service devices in this area, and was able to offer the most complete product range in the entire industry by 1960. In the following decades, Robinair kept leading the way in developing technical milestones. In 1979, the company patented the first refrigerant recovery and recharging station. In 1985, the first A/C service unit with microprocessor control functions entered the market. A machine for the entire A/C service on vehicles with the cooling agent R134a was introduced in 1992. The company kept improving the safety and environmental friendliness of the special tools in many steps of development. In 2006, a Robinair model was the first one to fulfil the demanding industry standard SAE J2788. In 2010, Robinair was granted the global license to operate the AC1234 with the new cooling agent R-1234yf. Since December 2012, the Robinair brand is part of the Automotive Service Solution Business Unit within Bosch Automotive Aftermarket.

With the start of the Automechanika, the new website www.robinair.com will go online, providing easy access to all information regarding Robinair A/C service devices and to their appropriate equipment.

Contact person for press inquiries at the Automechanika:
Alessandro Carluccio
phone: +39 521 837598
mobile: +39 34 85597784
Alessandro.carluccio@it.bosch.com

Contact person for general press inquiries:
Heiderose Dreiner
phone: +49 721 942-3145
mobile: +49 151 16805615
Heiderose.dreiner@de.bosch.com
www.bosch-presse.de

As of December 2012, Robinair became a Bosch brand and was integrated into the Automotive Service Solutions Business Unit of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is a major manufacturer and supplier of professional vehicle electronic diagnostic equipment and offers a wide range of servicing tools and equipment with various manufacturing facilities. Robinair is the leading high quality brand in automotive AC equipment and tools. For more information on Robinair, www.robinair.com

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,500 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 800 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

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

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OTC Diagnostics systems, emissions analyzer and a broad range of special maintenance and repair tools

  • New: Mobile diagnostics system D750 Genisys Touch with automatic vehicle identification
  • New: Emissions analyzers E060 and E070
  • Special tools for the Ford Model T already in 1927
As the manufacturer of diagnostics systems and a broad product range of special tools, the traditional American brand OTC is established today in many markets. Customers value the good price-performance ratio, the reliable quality, and the robustness and easy handling of OTC products.

The range of OTC special tools is constantly expanded in cooperation with automotive manufacturers and includes special tools for all vehicle components – from wheels and tires, to damping and steering to brakes, engine and transmission.

Product highlights at the Automechanika
The new diagnostics system D750 Genisys Touch will celebrate its premiere in the European market at the Automechanika. With the mobile workshop device the vehicle can be identified by means of the chassis number. It is operated via a 10" touchscreen and connected wirelessly to an interface module that establishes the connection to the OBD diagnostic plug in the vehicle. The newly developed software HUB with intuitive user interface offers extensive vehicle coverage and diagnostic depth. Moreover, the mechatronics technician receives up-to-date service and repair information and is guided through troubleshooting and component tests. Data updates are downloaded regularly via the Internet.

In the area of emissions, OTC will introduce two new emissions analyzers at the Automechanika, the E060 for gasoline motors and the E070 for diesel motors. Both are currently available in the Italian market and supplement the existing generation of OTC emissions analyzers, Stargas 898 and 495/01. Both devices are mobile versions that are controlled as stand-alone devices by radio transmission via a PC. The introduction of the emissions analyzers E060/070 in other European countries will follow successively.

With the start of the Automechanika, the new website www.otctools.com will go online with a large amount of information on OTC products around vehicle diagnostics as well as special tools and workshop equipment.

OTC – an established traditional American brand
OTC is rooted in the US: with the increasing number of automobiles on US-American roads, a growing demand for tools for their repair emerged. Already in 1925, Reuben Kaplan founded the Owatonna Tool Company – OTC. In 1927, OTC developed the special tools that were necessary to repair the planetary gear of the popular Ford Model T. During the 1930s, OTC sold its tools directly to farmers and workshops all over the US. In 1985, OTC was acquired by the diagnostics and service specialist SPX Service Solutions that continued to market the established brand and expanded the product range especially in the area of diagnostics systems. Since December 2012, the OTC brand is part of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions plans on keep expanding the OTC product range continuously also in the future.

Contact persons for press inquiries at the Automechanika:

Diagnostics:
Henrik Plars
phone: +49 7153 666
mobile: +49 172 8331881
Henrik.plars@de.bosch.com

Special tools:
Alessandro Carluccio
phone: +39 521 837598
mobile: +39 34 85597784
Alessandro.carluccio@it.bosch.com

Emissions:
Gian-Luigi Orzi
phone: +39 521 837523
mobile: +39 33 5270342
Gianluigi.orzi@it.bosch.com

Contact person for general press inquiries:
Heiderose Dreiner
phone: +49 721 942-3145
mobile: +49 151 16805615
Heiderose.dreiner@de.bosch.com
www.bosch-presse.de

OTC is a major manufacturer and supplier of professional vehicle electronic diagnostic equipment, automotive fuel maintenance and a wide range of servicing tools and equipment with various manufacturing facilities. Since December 2012, OTC was integrated into the Automotive Service Solutions Business Unit of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. For more information on OTC, visit www.otctools.com.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,500 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 800 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

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.”

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

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