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The “Autobahn App” – for convenient motorway travel

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Check personal routes, locate e-charging stations and access more than 1,000 webcams within the motorway network: these and other services are provided by the new “Autobahn App” issued by the federally owned motorway company Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes and available for download since 20 July. An overview.

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The functions of the new “Autobahn App” include information about the route, traffic updates and details of e-charging stations.

Photo: Getty Images/Westend61/Werner Dieterich

What does the app offer that’s new?

The new “Autobahn App” combines traffic information and other data relating to German motorways in a single application for the first time. The federally owned motorway company Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes is the first to obtain the relevant information and shares it with users via the app – more quickly than Google Maps, for example.

“Our aim is to make motorway travel even more convenient for everyone,” says Stephan Krenz, CEO of Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes.

What functions does the “Autobahn App” offer?

The main functions of the “Autobahn App” include defining personalised routes, receiving traffic updates on such things as roadworks and closures, locating e-charging stations, service stations and parking areas, and accessing more than 1,000 webcams along the motorways.

In addition to finding out their anticipated journey time and delays, users receive detailed information on the facilities available at service stations and parking areas, the number of lorry and car parking spaces available and the location, provider, charging capacity and number of charging stations.

Update: In an enhanced version planned for the future, motorists will also be able to find out weeks in advance of a journey where there are roadworks along a particular route and when these are planned.

Can the app be used as a navigation system?

The “Autobahn App” is aimed at users who are looking for reliable information about motorways over and above what is offered by their own navigation app. The “Autobahn App” itself does not enable navigation to a destination: it supplements existing navigation providers rather than competing with them.

How is user data integrated?

When defining a route, users can transfer the start and destination locations to a navigation app. However, user-related location information is only collected if users specifically want to pinpoint their location when checking a route in the map view.

What does the app cost?

The new app is free of charge and does not contain any advertising. It is being further developed on an ongoing basis and has been available for download for iOS and Android since 20 July. Click here to download the “Autobahn App” free of charge.

The federally owned company Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes has been responsible for the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, financing and asset management of motorways and trunk roads in Germany since 1 January 2021.