The way drivers travel from Point A to Point B has changed a lot in the past decade. That's largely thanks to satellite navigation systems, found our cars' dashboards and on our smartphones.
But despite many, many details those gadgets provide about construction, accidents, checkpoints, and other factors that confound our commutes, one thing has remained elusive: parking info. Global traffic data leader INRIX is hoping to change that.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, INRIX debuted a new parking navigation service called, not surprisingly, "INRIX Parking". According to a company press release, INRIX Parking will do more than simply point out parking lots and garages; it will show users "the current cost to park, real-time information on the number of available spaces and detailed location information for a continuously expanding and updated database of off street parking locations in North America and 36 countries throughout Europe". Sounds impressive.
And it's arrival comes none too soon. The American Planning Association says that about 30% of all traffic congestion is due to drivers in search of parking. A recent IBM survey revealed that the average driver spends about 20 minutes looking for a good spot.
INRIX Parking will be integrated into some smartphone apps like ParkMe (which is free, but available only for iOS) and Parkopedia (which appears to be free for Android, but costs iOS, Blackberry, and Windows users).
Smartphones not your thing? No worries. INRIX Parking will be featured on new in-dash infotainment systems from Kenwood, which are also debuting at CES.
For more info, check out this post from our colleagues at Motor Authority.