New connected-vehicle parking reservation system promises to cut congestion

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A new partnership will enable drivers to check availability, make reservations and carry out payments for both on-street and off-street parking, all from their dashboard.

Inrix and Parkmobile announced the plan to jointly develop an embedded, end-to-end parking solution for the auto industry yesterday (May 18) at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo, which was  this year held in Nashville, Tennesse, USA, on May 17-20. Parkmobile promises to enhance Inrix real-time occupancy data to help drivers make more intelligent decisions while on the go, and cut congestion associated with drivers looking for parking spaces.

“The ecosystem of mobile and parking solutions is complex and fragmented. To date, the industry has not consolidated all the services, capabilities and parking inventory into a single solution. Through our coordinated development efforts with Inrix, we will deliver a holistic parking solution the auto industry can deploy quickly and efficiently into the connected car. We strongly believe our partnership with Inrix will contribute to realizing Parkmobile’s vision of improving the quality of people’s lives through convenience, efficiency and immediacy,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile.

Atlanta-based Parkmobile is the largest provider of mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility-related services for municipalities, universities, commercial operators and transit facilities in the USA. Parkmobile’s solutions are available in 35 of the top 100 US cities, including Washington DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Indianapolis and Houston. More than four million people use Parkmobile’s services over 27 million times per year, making it the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country.

“Parkmobile is a key component in making Inrix the only company in the world that offers drivers a complete navigation experience directly from the dashboard,” said Alex Israel, vice president and general manager – parking, at Inrix. “The entire industry – from auto makers to parking suppliers to drivers – will benefit from Inrix’s extensive ecosystem of services.”

Inrix launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015. In August 2015, Inrix acquired ParkMe, a leader in parking location, availability and reservations worldwide.

The company was recently recognized by SBD for its comprehensive and accurate parking data in the USA and Europe. Inrix Parking currently includes street-level parking information in over 40 cities worldwide, and an off-street parking database with more than 29 million spaces in over 90,000 locations spanning 4,000 cities in 65 countries. Inrix is the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading auto makers, including Audi, BMW, Lexus and Porsche, as well as transportation agencies and drivers around the world.

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