New connected car service to highlight free parking spaces

It’s an age-old problem for drivers – you arrive in lots of time for an appointment, but then risk being delayed as you drive around on an increasingly frantic hunt for a parking space.

But connected cars may soon be able to help. An announcement by connected car services company INRIX this week promises drivers the first real-time on-street parking service in a connected car.

Using both historical and up-to-the-minute parking data, the company’s service, On-Street Parking, will predict the availability of parking spaces for owners of BMW’s new 5 Series Sedan.

The announcement follows a consumer survey by INRIX, which found that real-time parking availability is the most desired navigation feature for almost three-quarters of drivers (72%).

“Real-time parking is the most sought-after navigation feature because it addresses a pain point that affects everyone,” said Joe Berry, vice president and general manager of automotive at INRIX.

“The first automotive deployment of INRIX On-Street Parking solidifies BMW’s position at the forefront of connected car technology with a focus on delivering the services drivers want the most.”