Bosch rolls updated navigation app for Apple platforms

February 15, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Bosch has continued development on its navigation app for the iPhone and iPad and now offers it in the new version 1.5 in the iTunes App Store. The handy stopover option and the integrated “flinc” ride-sharing service are the two main features that have been added to the graphically sophisticated premium navigation system with the easily recognizable 3D landmarks.

This app is based on expert know-how gathered over a period of two decades – after all, Bosch already launched the first series navigation system onto the market in 1989. “We have developed innovative features that take the navigation app to a new level,” commented Florian Knollmann, a product manager at Bosch SoftTec GmbH in Hildesheim.

The new version 1.5 of the Bosch navigation app now makes it possible to plan stopovers en route for the first time. It is no longer necessary to start from the very beginning again when a stop is made along the way. This is particularly useful on longer road trips, when stops for tourist attractions, overnight stays and stops at restaurants or filling stations can be easily added to the itinerary.

Another new function is “Plus Routes”, which suggests alternative routes to the selected destination as soon as the system calculates a savings in terms of time and/or distance. After checking the new route, the driver can decide to accept the alternative route with a single click to get to his or her destination more quickly and conveniently.

Another highlight in the version 1.5 of the Bosch navigation app is the integration of the “flinc” ( www.flinc.org) mobility portal. Anyone who uses the mobile ride-sharing service will be notified by the Bosch navigation system while underway if there is someone nearby who would like to ride along to the same destination. If the driver accepts this suggestion, he will be automatically guided to wherever the person is waiting and then to the final destination of the ride. The driver charges the passenger a certain amount of the driving costs, which means he saves money, and driving together is also good for the environment.

Up to now, the Bosch navigation system has been known primarily for its 3D artMap curve warning assistant, a fuel-saving “eco” route and the INRIX Real Time Traffic in-app purchase,