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Autobahn app should become more user-friendly

The federal autobahn company is planning a further development of the “autobahn app” in the first quarter of 2022. The aim is to make the app “even more user-friendly and service-oriented,” said a spokesman for the Autobahn GmbH to the dpa. In App 2.0, new features should take into account many previous reactions from users.

Functions are planned that will significantly improve the service for users. One example is “dynamic information” for truck drivers. Free parking spaces in truck parking spaces are to be displayed nationwide.

The free Autobahn app has been installed more than 420,000 times so far, it said. This is a “clearly positive response”. The principle of “evolution instead of revolution” applies to the further development of the app. The app should be expanded step by step, precisely and cost-effectively, to include additional functions.

The app has been available for download for Android and iOS for three months. This should give motorists more and better information about the traffic situation, for example about diversions and when construction sites or accident sites will be closed again. The app also shows where and what type of charging stations are available for electric cars. Independent route guidance is not possible, but route planning with subsequent navigation by a pre-installed provider – Google Maps or Apple Maps.

This is exactly what users complain about in reviews in the Apple App Store, which is why the app is superfluous. In the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, the Autobahn app gets a comparatively weak user rating of 2.4 and 1.9, respectively.

The federal government had spent around 1.2 million euros on the development of the motorway app, as the Federal Ministry of Transport announced in its answer to a parliamentary question. The Green transport politician Stefan Gelbhaar had criticized: “More than one million euros for an app without any added value – that is a farce and thus a case for the audit office.”

(anw)

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