Skoda says its infotainment apps have now been joined by a new 'Traffication Infotainment' App.

This application alerts drivers to traffic hazards such as stranded vehicles. Moreover, the app prevents drivers from entering a motorway slip road against the direction of traffic and becoming wrong-way drivers. First launched in the Skoda Superb, the Traffication Infotainment App can now be downloaded and installed in other Skoda models, provided the vehicles are equipped with their respective top infotainment systems based on the third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix. The app will be made available for further Skoda models during the course of the year, and Skpda says it will also gradually expand the range of functions supported by this new safety feature.

"The continuous improvement of safety on the roads is an essential goal of Skoda Auto. By introducing the Traffication Infotainment App, we are helping once more to make driving safer," says Michal Vondra, the product manager responsible for the Traffication Infotainment App at Skoda Auto.

After installation via the Shop, the new application runs in the background but immediately shows an alert on the central infotainment display when the driver could encounter a traffic hazard on an upcoming stretch of road. An early warning is also displayed when the system detects stationary vehicles with their hazard warning lights flashing – for example after a breakdown – on the road ahead.

The new app complements the infotainment system's navigation function. By displaying information on traffic conditions, it enhances safety without becoming a source of distraction for drivers. "The app provides drivers with relevant traffic warnings on an ongoing basis, regardless of whether the navigation system is activated or not," emphasises Michal Vondra.

The integration of wrong-way driving warnings is the result of a long-term collaboration between Skoda and Bosch. Bosch's cloud-based wrong-way driver warning system has been available as a smartphone app since 2018 and is now offered by 25 app partners in Europe. Skoda says it is the first car manufacturer to provide this important safety feature for their customers.

"Our goal is to put the wrong-way driver warning system in every car. Every accident caused by wrong-way drivers is one too many," says Dr. Mathias Pillin, president of Bosch's Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division.

For now, the app is available in 22 European countries: the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Further European countries will be added in the second half of the year.