May 6, 2021

Reducing range anxiety with all-in-one EV route planning

Charlotte Kosche

Sr. Content Writer

The Hungary-based navigation solutions company GPS Tuner Systems uses Smartcar to offer a seamless route planning app for EV drivers around the world. Founded in 2008, GPS Tuner provides turn-by-turn navigation solutions to consumers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company’s mobile app EV Navigation uses Smartcar’s APIs to automate route planning, reduce range anxiety, and save electric car owners time and effort.

EV Navigation provides seamless route planning

EV Navigation makes route planning and navigation simple. Drivers just need to add their desired destination, and EV Navigation takes care of finding the optimal route, deciding which charging stations to use along the way, and calculating how long charging will take. This way, electric vehicle owners can save time on route planning, optimize their driving time, and stop worrying about running out of battery.

Three smartphone screens showing a map with a location in Budapest, an overview of a Tesla Model S with the battery level, tire pressure, and other datapoints, and an interface where the user can choose their car's brand, model, charge limit, and battery range adjustment.
EV Navigation makes route planning and navigation simple.

Smartcar allows EV Navigation to automate route planning

Before EV Navigation started using Smartcar, drivers had to manually enter their car battery’s state of charge (SoC) for every trip. EV Navigation used this information to calculate the best charging locations and durations along the driver’s route. With Smartcar’s API, EV Navigation can now automatically retrieve important information directly from a driver’s vehicle. This saves electric car owners time and effort while making EV Navigation’s route planning feature more precise.

“Smartcar is indispensable to our success with the EV Navigation app,” said GPS Tuner Systems Founder and CEO Gabor Tarnok. “We’re not only accessing important data directly from vehicles to offer more precise route planning. We’re also able to provide much smoother UI and UX to our customers.”

To use the Smartcar-powered experience, EV drivers can connect their car with just four clicks from the EV Navigation app. The app then uses the vehicle’s battery capacity, state of charge, charging status, and location to offer fully automatic and precise route planning.

Four smartphone screens showing a "Sign into your car account" button, a Tesla login screen, a screen with certain permissions that GPS Tuner requests from the user's 2019 Tesla Model S, and a vehicle overview page with a map and the user's vehicle information.
EV drivers can connect their car with just four clicks from the EV Navigation app.

“By making EV route planning seamless and simple, EV Navigation makes electric car ownership a more viable option for many people,” said Smartcar CEO Sahas Katta. “We’re excited to be a part of this journey and to facilitate EV adoption around the globe.”

Battery-electric vehicle (BEV) owners in Europe, the United States, and Canada will be able to access the Smartcar-powered experience in the EV Navigation app this spring. To be notified as soon as the new experience is available, register on and check the “Subscribe to newsletter” box.

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