One of the leaders in connected car services and movement analytics, Inrix, has formed a major new partnership to exchange parking information with the APCOA Parking Group, Europe’s largest parking operator.
The new deal strengthens Inrix’s parking offering and means its customers, who already benefit from the world’s largest parking database, will also have access to APCOA’s comprehensive parking data for Europe.
The collaboration is the only one of its kind in Europe and will provide Inrix with access to information from 1.4 million APCOA parking spaces at over 9,000 locations in 13 countries. This will feed into the company’s Off-Street Parking service, enhancing this offering beyond any competing service, to give European drivers the best possible parking experience. Existing Inrix customers will have their data updated with the additional information, and new customers will have the enhanced data available from launch.
Through the seamless integration of data from the Inrix Parking database of 100,000 locations across 8,700 cities in more than 100 countries, drivers in Europe who rely on APCOA’s services and applications will benefit from enhanced parking information and an increased level of convenience. As a result, APCOA intends to improve the quality of its consumer relationships substantially.
“Parking remains a key issue for drivers and cities across the globe and is a major cause of traffic congestion. We have seen lots of innovation in navigation, but finding parking at your destination is a problem that still needs solving,” said Alex Israel, general manager and VP for parking at Inrix.
“This deal is a first in Europe and access to APCOA’s parking information enables us to provide auto makers with the most comprehensive solution available, helping to address the growing challenge of parking in cities by allowing drivers to navigate to available spaces quickly and conveniently.”
Inrix has also announced the availability of its On-Street Parking service in the new BMW 5 Series sedan, providing the industry’s first real-time on-street parking service in a connected car, which uses historical and up-to-the-minute parking data to predict the availability of parking spaces.
The new parking information service for BMW has initially gone live in 16 major cities in Germany and the USA, with more cities set to launch later in 2017. The 5 Series also includes Inrix’s real-time and predictive traffic service in North America, offering traffic flow information, travel times, and incident alerts on over five million miles of roads.