One of the leaders in connected car services and transportation analytics, Inrix, has released the latest version of its popular Traffic app and announced a major increase in the worldwide coverage of its on- and off-street parking databases.
The new Inrix Traffic Version 7 smartphone application is now available for Android and Apple operating systems and comes with additional features to keep drivers safe and optimize their entire driving experience from start to finish. Using ‘Big Data’ from the world’s largest driver and vehicle community, the company’s widely-used Traffic app allows users to easily navigate to their destination by avoiding road closures, traffic, and dangerous conditions, sourced from over 300 million data probes. The Version 7 Traffic app now offers:
Enhanced real-time alerts for dangerous traffic slowdowns, road weather conditions, police activity, accidents, construction, lane closures, and hazards ahead on the route;
Parking locations, availability, and pricing for off-street parking spaces, park and rides, lots, and garages.
In 2017, Inrix introduced the industry’s first real-time on-street parking service for connected cars, using big data and machine learning to predict the availability of parking spaces. At launch, it was available in 16 German and USA cities. Over the past year, the company has expanded its On-Street Parking service coverage to 339 cities in 56 countries spread across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Inrix has added Tier 1 on-street coverage in six new countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Russia, while also increasing its footprint in existing regions. Overall, the company has added on-street parking information in 48 new countries, covering 269 new cities. Inrix has also doubled the size of its Off-Street Parking database, adding more than 100,000 new lots.
Inrix collects information on more than 90 parking lot attributes, including critical information such as entrance points, rates, hours of operation, restrictions, EV charging facilities, and amenities provided. The company’s Off-Street Parking service now has robust data on more than 212,000 parking locations in 15,140 cities across 88 countries. Inrix also provides ‘dynamic’ parking occupancy predictions using big data, machine learning, and sophisticated algorithms to help drivers avoid overcrowded parking lots. The dynamic predictive coverage now spans more than 38,000+ lots, in 2,100 cities, in 73 countries.
Inrix receives parking data from over 300 API integrations, as well as exclusive relationships with large parking operators, including APCOA, ABM, Colonial, and ICON. Its parking management dashboard is used by cities and operators to update their parking information instantly, which helps keep the data fresh. Parking data is verified using API data feeds, phone inquiries, ground truth testing, information from cities and parking lot operators, input by clients on its operator dashboard, street-level and satellite imagery, and ParkMe app user updates. Additionally, Inrix employs hundreds of data collectors around the world who take random samples to audit its quality levels, testing the accuracy of key attributes such as availability, rates and hours of operation.