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Smartphone integration: Bosch connects motorcycles

EICMA International Motorcycle Show 2016

  • Bosch system enables convenient use of apps on motorcycles and other two-wheelers
  • First solution presented in a BMW motorcycle TFT instrument cluster
  • mySPIN’s modular approach allows adaptation to each OEM’s specifications Extensive range of options for vehicle manufacturers
  • REVER and Genius Maps: app partners for mySPIN for two-wheelers

Milan, Italy – At EICMA, the Milan Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition, Bosch will be unveiling its mySPIN smartphone integration system for two-wheelers. Since both BMW and Bosch will be focusing on two-wheeler connectivity during this event, Bosch will be showcasing its smartphone integration solution in a BMW motorcycle TFT instrument cluster. “mySPIN for two-wheelers enables riders to bring their smartphone content to the motorcycle. It also provides all vehicle manufacturers with an open platform featuring an extensive range of options,” says Geoff Liersch, head of the Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports business unit.

Chock-full of features and open to new developments

Already available for cars since 2014, mySPIN has now been adapted for two-wheelers, providing the perfect solution for sharing information such as traffic conditions or route preferences with other bikers. In the system development stage, Bosch paid special attention to road safety and the avoidance of rider distraction. mySPIN pares down phone apps to show only the most essential information on the motorcycle’s display. Once a smartphone has been connected to the motorcycle, the bike’s display and handlebar control devices can be used to access data on the phone, including contacts, calendars, and favorite apps. Thanks to direct access to the contacts stored on the phone, inter-app communication facilitates tasks such as entering navigation destinations. As a cross-platform solution, mySPIN is fully compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.

mySPIN’s modular approach allows it to be adapted to any OEM’s specifications. The motorcycle manufacturer can specify which apps can be utilized on the motorcycle by adding them to a white list, which can be updated and expanded as and when required. With mySPIN for two-wheelers, the manufacturer decides on the type and number of apps it wants to make available on the motorcycles in its range, and can expand the system’s features at any time by adding new apps. Using the app analytics function, manufacturers can also identify the apps that are used more frequently, and in this way optimize their customer offering.

mySPIN is connected both to the bike’s CAN bus and to the cloud, thereby supporting a range of functions. For instance, if the fuel level in the tank is getting low, riders can be informed in advance of upcoming fuel stations. Also, mySPIN ca be used to establish a direct channel of communication between riders and manufacturers in order to expand certain customer services such as special offers from dealerships.

Bosch announces collaboration with two app partners

Bosch has also announced it will be collaborating with two app partners: REVER and Genius Maps. REVER provides an extensive portfolio of tailored functions for motorcyclists, including tracking, self-service analytics, and connected motorcycle communities, while Genius Maps provides motorbike-optimized navigation, including instant calculation, offline route planning, and in-app texting.

In its efforts to refine mySPIN, Bosch has set up the email contact developer.myspin@bosch.com for use by developers, enthusiasts, and anyone else wants to share new ideas for apps for motorcycles, bicycles, or other applications in the powersports segment. The range of apps available with mySPIN is being constantly expanded locally, regionally, and globally.

Tags: two-wheeler

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2016, its sales came to 43.9 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

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