Traffic updates are available as an optional extra. These cost £2.49 a month, £10.99 for six months, or £17.49 for the full year. Updates arrive via the mobile data link, and are supplied by INRIX. This combines TMC information with data from INRIX-enabled devices, which should make the warnings a little more accurate than standard RDS-TMC, although the service wasn’t active on our test sample for us to check this. One major omission is speed camera location warnings. However you feel about the morality of knowing where these are, it’s easy to get caught out by a poorly marked limit change with a camera straight after it, so it’s a shame not to have this facility.
One area where Bosch Navigation very much keeps up with the trends, however, is in its social media integration. You can link the app to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, then provide an update on your destination and expected arrival time. These options are a little buried, and there’s no automatic updating here – you have to choose to send updates. We wonder if the option to send an update to a group of mobile phones or specially defined Google circle might have been more effective or at least a nice alternative, but no sat-nav we know of provides either of these options yet.
The really unique inclusion here is support for the Flinc social ride sharing system. Once you’ve logged in, you can offer journeys, list your vehicles, and how much you charge, although to sign up you will need to use a separate Web browser. You can then use an onscreen button to reveal your location to the Flinc network. There’s also a Map Reporter facility to provide information about any road blockages or other differences between the real road system and the map, similar to TomTom’s Map Share correction system.
At launch, Bosch Navigation was very reasonably priced at £26.99. Even now it’s back to its full price of £44.99, it’s fairly competitive, although ALK’s CoPilot significantly undercuts it. The problem is that, apart from the European maps, there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking here. This is a competent satellite navigation app, with all the core features you might want, but it doesn’t provide much to separate itself from the crowd.
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