Driving is a skill and so is parking. Aiming to help drivers of its E-Class vehicles find parking without sweat in the US and Europe this summer, Mercedes-Benz has recently collaborated with INRIX, Inc., a connected car service and movement analytics.
INRIX, Inc.’s Off-Street Parking service, which will be integrated into Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, provides drivers with real-time parking information, taking the stress out of circling around city blocks looking for a space. Included in the provided information are routes to the closest garage locations, limitations, rates, and real-time occupancy. The company accesses a parking database including over 29 million confirmed spaces in around 90,000 locations within 4,000 cities in 64 different countries.
In order to increase user-friendliness, INRIX Off-Street Parking only displays open spaces that are not restricted in any way. What’s more, it also gives drivers free and for-pay locations to better serve their needs.
According to Andreas Hecht, executive vice president and general manager of automotive at INRIX, in the area of the connected car, having access to dynamic parking information is no longer a luxury for motorists but a necessity. He adds that INRIX Off-Street Parking plays an important role for customers who anticipate a high standard of performance and innovation in their driving experience.
Mercedes has turned to parking technologies to showcase its high standard of performance and innovations.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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