Ford has teamed up with INRIX to make life easier for customers looking for cheaper fuel prices and open parking spots in their vehicles.
The services will be available in Ford vehicles globally equipped with SYNC 4, starting with the all-new Mustang Mach-E, Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door, and F-150. The technology supplied by INRIX, a Washington-based provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, will enable Ford drivers to find, compare and drive to gas stations and available parking spots all from the SYNC screen.
INRIX Parking offers real-time parking information, including rates, restrictions and real-time occupancy, in nearly 20,000 cities in 150 countries. INRIX Fuel allows drivers to search for nearby stations and view dynamic pricing to find their preferred fuel at the lowest price. Powered by OPIS by IHS Markit, the service provides location, brand and real-time pricing information for more than 380,000 fuel stations around the world.
Compatible with the all new SYNC 4 connected vehicle system with navigation, the parking and fuel services supplied by INRIX will be soon available in Ford vehicles around the world. The first models to get the services are the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, Bronco two- and four-door SUVs and all-new F-150. Ford SYNC 4’s real-time connectivity also includes the latest available traffic, incident, and charging information. The technology also combines conversational voice recognition with internet search, giving drivers and passengers access to the latest information.
“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what SYNC 4 offers, including INRIX’s parking and fuel price innovations,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems. “For example, many F-150 customers drive from job to job in new areas where we can help guide them to gas stations and parking spots closest to them, or perhaps a bit further if they are looking for cheaper options.”
INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015.