Waze, regarded as a most popular navigation app is teaming up with INRIX to take the pressure out of finding a parking lot closer to user concluding destination. A host of 2016 model-year vehicles can park themselves in a parallel or perpendicular space while simultaneously keeping an electronic eye out for on-coming traffic.
If the user can’t find a parking space in the first place, the systems are superfluous. And according to the latest Frost and Sullivan data, the average driver is currently wasting 55 hours a year looking for a parking space and that equates to a staggering $600 million in lost time and burned fuel in the US and Europe. Waze already offers a list of parking lots sourced from its user community but by partnering with INRIX the app will now have a comprehensive list of facilities throughout Europe and North America.
To explain more, Alex Israel, vice president and general manager of parking at INRIX,said “Driving from point A to B is only part of the journey. The addition of INRIX Parking enhances Wazers’ end-to-end driving experience.”
One of the world leaders in connecting cars, INRIX is leveraging that information for a close look on everything from overcrowding to parking. Its technology is appearing as standard in a host of carmakers’ ranges, from BMW to Volvo. This initial coming together will only provide Waze users with navigation to car parks closest to their destination, but INRIX also has dynamic solutions that offer real-time information about pricing and use .
Flavia Sasaki Siqueira, Head of Business Development for Waze, said “Driving around looking for spots impacts arrival times and adds unneeded frustration and stress to the entire driving experience. Combining INRIX parking information with our own parking database expands reach and accuracy of the ‘where to park’ feature.”