Slovakian navigation specialist Sygic has introduced an electric car mode to its App Sygic GPS Navigation. The new EV Mode allows route planning with compatible charging points, payment without installing an additional app and real-time data from the stations.
Sygic describes the introduction of EV Mode in its navigation app as the first step in a long-term strategy to build navigation-based electric mobility services. With this in mind, the company is already cooperating with Plugsurfing and is a member of the CharIN Association.
In the longer term, the Slovakians want to create a kind of all-in-one driving assistant for electric car drivers. This should help users to find out the exact range on long distances based on driving style, weather conditions, traffic volume and other influencing factors, according to a company communication sent to us by email. As a concrete next step, Sygic says that it intends to introduce additional functions for electric vehicles “based on cooperation with selected vehicle manufacturers” later this year.
In the free EV Mode of the app, drivers of electric cars can select their vehicle model from an electric car database in the app menu with predefined specifications including battery and charging capacity, average consumption and connector type. Alternatively, Sygic says users can adjust all parameters based on their actual experience. For concrete route planning, drivers then add compatible charging stations as waypoints on their route, check if there is a free space, choose a payment method and charge. A push message then informs them when the charging process is complete. The actual payment process is also handled by the navigation app, which Sygic describes as a unique feature in the navigation systems market to date.
The fusion of navigation and e-mobility services is no coincidence: Petr Fuzek, Sygic’s Vice President for e-mobility, was previously Head of Business Development for e-mobility at Skoda.