Traffic information service provider Inrix is launching today an on-street parking information service, moving one step forward in providing value added services to drivers and car makers.
Initially available in six cities ((Seattle, Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Copenhagen) Inrix plans to expand the service to 23 cities by the end of 2015 (Seattle, Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Cologne, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, London, Paris, Brussels, Hanover, Vienna, Stuttgart, LA, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.)
The first customer for the service will be German car maker BMW. Inrix also plans to integrate the parking services into its mobile app later this year once it has a more significant number of cities available in the service. Furthermore Inrix is also willing to sell this data to cities that lack an overall perception of their parking availability, a crucial information when it comes to things such as city planning or pricing of on-street parking.
How does it work?
The service is answering the “where“, and the “how much“ questions for drivers looking for a free parking spot. Inrix provides probability to find a free space – updated hourly – on a street by street level. This information is supplemented with details on pricing, parking/permit restrictions, and policy rules (free versus paid times/days).
If nothing is available near a destination, Inrix can revert the driver to a safer plan B with information for more than 80,000 off-street parking locations in Europe and North America.
When it comes to the exact time that could be saved by drivers using the on-street data, Inrix is not yet willing to put numbers out in the market.
“It’s hard to put an exact figure to this but we do expect this technology to have a positive impact and we are confident it will save drivers time looking for parking due to the accuracy of the data and simply because drivers have never had this insight before,“ answered Matt Simmons, marketing director at Inrix.