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Bosch eBike Systems enhances COBI.Bike App

New features for eBike on-board computers

  • New third-party features available for COBI.Bike app for free
  • With "Rydies", eBikers can find the nearest charging facility in the DACH region
  • Open developer platform makes the COBI.Bike App a living product
Tamara Winograd

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Stuttgart/Reutlingen - The COBI.Bike app from Bosch eBike Systems now offers, on top of its other features, the new "Rydies" function - free of charge. This module allows eBikers to find the nearest public charging stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on a map, which can then also be navigated to directly with the COBI.Bike app. "Rydies" appears as a standalone module in the COBI.Bike app, which is open to custom third-party applications thanks to its unique COBI.Bike DevKit developer platform. "The COBI.Bike app is a living product. It always offers users new added value and is continuously expanded with new features that make the eBike experience even richer and more individual," says Andreas Gahlert, Chief Digital Officer at Bosch eBike Systems.

COBI.Bike App is continuously expanding

The COBI.Bike DevKit developer platform is an important building block for the modular expansion of Bosch eBike connectivity. It contains different open source components to develop customised features for the COBI.Bike app. JavaScript applications can be easily programmed via the COBI.js interface, independent of Bluetooth connection, CAN bus or authentication. Because within DevKit, these often complex interfaces are automatically integrated. This not only saves developers time, but also gives them room to concentrate on the essentials - their creative ideas.

When it comes to coming up with ideas for the COBI.Bike app, the sky's the limit for developers and providers. In addition to "Rydies", the "SKS" module is now also available in the COBI.Bike app, a tyre pressure calculator developed by the company SKS GERMANY. This feature allows eBikers to calculate the optimal air pressure based on various data such as the bicycle type, the rider's weight and the tyre size. The free "Goals" feature has already been available since last year in cooperation with the football magazine Kicker: This allows eBikers to find out about all the scores and results of the 1st Bundesliga in real time while riding. Recently, the premium function Help Connect has also become available, which was developed in cooperation with Bosch.IO GmbH. This provides pedelec riders with a digital companion that alerts a trained service team in the event of a fall and further enhanses eBiking safety.

Development of new features for the 'Connected Biker'

Each feature is integrated into the COBI.Bike app in such a way that information is clearly displayed or transmitted acoustically via voice output. Since the applications can be operated by voice command or with the thumb-controlled control unit, both hands remain safely on the handlebars even while riding. Even the basic version of the COBI.Bike app offers everything an eBiker needs for a ride - with speed display, navigation, weather forecasts, fitness data or telephony.

Thanks to the COBI.Bike DevKit developer platform, the app can be expanded with additional smart functions. Registered developers can use the platform for free. "In our community, developers exchange ideas and develop the open source idea together. Everyone can contribute personally with their experience, which makes it easier for new members in particular to get started in our COBI.Bike ecosystem," says Gahlert.

Developers can find a direct link to COBI.Bike DevKit and COBI.Bike Community at:

About Bosch eBike Systems

A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of everyday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of technology-leading eBikes made by what are already more than 70 leading brands in Europe is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance in terms of both comfort and efficiency.
Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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