Bangalore, April 15, 2017: Mobility solutions leader Bosch, has added a slate of India-cenrtric apps to its smart phone integration platform for vehicles -- mySPIN.
The platform integrates the mobile device and the car into a single digital ecosystem to offer the driver, new levels of comfort and convenience. Compared to many competing systems, mySpin is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited a 100% owned India subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, has contributed significantly to localizing the mySpin platform.
The mySPIN solution connects smartphone with the car, regardless of whether the device uses iOS or Android. Bosch collaborated with Indian and global App providers, to choose driver-centric smartphone apps, adapted to use on the car’s audio head unit via the touch screen without picking up your smartphone.
Users can access mySPIN compatible Apps and services directly from the car’s touchscreen. It is claimed to be the only solution in India with smart phone Apps in all relevant driver centric categories. It includes 4 top rated Indian Apps in the market – MapMyIndia, Hungama, NDTV, Zomato.
The latest Apps for India include:
Moneycontrol in Car - Finance App from Network 18: User can find live stock prices, market indices, TV audio feeds, news and interviews
Justdial in Car - Search engine from Justdial: Allows users to find nearby or location specific restaurants, doctors, emergency services, ATMs, petrol pumps
Car Radio - Internet Radio App from AppSmartz: Allows users to play from thousands of LIVE radio stations across the globe.
UrSafe – In-car driver and passenger safety App from UST Global: UrSafe comes integrated with a Panic Button to alert an user’s emergency contact via a call of their whereabouts during a crisis. The alert call is followed by a navigation map to help the emergency contact navigate and reach the user location. The app also lists nearby emergency services.
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Global apps include:
- AccuWeather - Weather forecast, from local to international
- Familo - Locator and private messaging for families and groups
- Speaking Email - Email read out
- mySMS (Android) - SMS read out
In the future, automobile manufacturers could use the mySPIN interface to make vehicle data available to apps. Data such as tire pressure or fuel level can be used as input for the apps. A gas station offering low prices, for instance, will be suggested only if the fuel gauge has reached the reserve level.
All of the apps approved for mySPIN have been specifically developed for use while driving so that there is as little distraction as possible – assuring greater safety. Around the world, there is a great demand for safe and convenient ways to integrate smartphones into vehicles, due in part to legal regulations.
The app can be used for bikes too. With mySPIN, apps are pared down to show the rider only the most essential information on the motorcycle’s display. Inter-app communication makes it easier, for instance, to enter navigation destinations thanks to direct access to the contacts stored on the phone.