Magellan Announces SmartGPS Navigation App Integration With Bosch SoftTec's mySPIN Platform
Bosch and Magellan to Demonstrate Magellan SmartGPS App on mySPIN Platform at International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
6 January, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices and content services for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation, announces the integration of its SmartGPS navigation software into Bosch SoftTec's mySPIN infotainment platform. This partnership marks the first integration of Magellan's SmartGPS smartphone navigation application into an automotive OEM infotainment platform. Bosch will demonstrate the Magellan SmartGPS app in its booth (Sands Expo Level 2, Booth #71032) at the International CES show.
The Magellan SmartGPS apps for iOS and Android are an extension of Magellan's SmartGPS Eco cloud platform. The SmartGPS Eco cloud platform is built on a robust architecture supporting content aggregation, personalization and localized delivery. The Magellan SmartGPS Eco cloud platform is designed to integrate with connected car solutions requiring navigation with real time, personalized local content.
"The Bosch SoftTec mySPIN is an easy way to link smartphones to vehicles' infotainment systems," stated Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management at Magellan. "Our companies are similar in that we both have years of experience in our respective fields and are looked upon as leaders in our specific industries. That our award-winning SmartGPS navigation solution and their mySPIN smartphone integration solution work so well together should come as no surprise."
This complete navigation solution from Magellan provides the Bosch mySPIN Connected Car platform with the following features and content presented with the navigation map:
- Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Landmark Guidance - Voice-guided navigation using landmarks as a guide versus street names (available with subscription).
- Real Time IP Traffic - Drivers can navigate efficiently by checking their route for traffic conditions (with turn-by-turn navigation subscription).
- Yelp & Foursquare - Receive suggestions, reviews and tips for local businesses from Yelp and Foursquare, including restaurants and shops, and seamlessly navigate to those locations.
- Social Media check-in - Drivers can check into their destination location on Yelp or Foursquare directly from the Magellan SmartGPS app.
- Last Mile Navigation - Drivers enjoy seamless transfer of their navigation route from head unit to smartphone, to complete their journey on foot.
As a vehicle progresses on its route, the SmartGPS app accesses the cloud to deliver rich, location-relevant information in "squares" that are displayed on the vehicle head unit display. When the user taps on a square, detailed profile information is displayed including the address, phone and any available special offers or consumer reviews, plus an icon to seamlessly start navigation to their selected destination.
"Magellan's navigation application is excellent for the mySPIN platform," remarked Sharjeel Noor, senior director of the App Innovation Center at Americas of Bosch SoftTec. "It provides users with a wide range of features that help them get to where they need to be quickly and safely. Magellan's years of navigation and platform engineering expertise makes integration of its navigation software into the mySPIN platform smooth and easy."
The Magellan navigation software is integrated on the mySPIN platform head units with control access from the touch panel. The Magellan SmartGPS smartphone app connects to the mySPIN platform via smartphone tether, safely putting display and touch control of the application onto the head unit's touch panel. It allows users to continue using their preferred apps -- such as the Magellan SmartGPS smartphone navigation application -- on their smartphone in a way they are accustomed to without compromising safety.
The Magellan SmartGPS navigation applications will be available for vehicles integrated with the Bosch mySPIN platform beginning in 2015.
Pricing and Availability
The Magellan SmartGPS smartphone navigation applications for compatible vehicles integrated with the mySPIN platform will be available in iOS and Android stores in Q1 2015. The Magellan SmartGPS apps are free. The MSRP for a one year subscription for in-app purchase for turn-by-turn navigation with IP traffic is $19.99, the MSRP for a three year subscription is $49.99.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan (www.magellangps.com) brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile. Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today's consumers.
About Bosch SoftTec
Bosch SoftTec specializes in automotive software, connected services, and smartphone solutions. It enjoys decades of experience in the car infotainment market and software development. As a member of the Bosch Group, it benefits from a global presence and experience; and is in touch with the latest major global automotive trends and developments. Its organizational structure enables it to rapidly develop reliable customized solutions to customers' needs, while its operational independence and lean structures enable it to invent solutions that close the gap between automotive requirements and consumer expectations. Bosch SoftTec connects automotive infotainment with consumer market trends and products. Its vision is to establish itself as one of the main solution and service providers in the automotive industry. For further information, visit www.bosch-softtec.com or www.bosch.com.