Ford has partnered with INRIX to help customers find that elusive parking spot or cheaper fuel options.
INRIX Inc.’s new SYNC 4 connected vehicle system will soon be available in Ford vehicles, starting with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, Bronco and all-new F-150. INRIX is a provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, and its SYNC 4 system with navigation will allow drivers to have the latest available data on traffic, parking, charging and fuel information. The technology also combines conversational voice recognition with internet search, so drivers and passengers always have access to the latest data.
“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 of Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems.
INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in 2015. SYNC 4 will soon provide users with routes to the closest street and garage spot, including rates, restrictions and real-time occupancy.
“Since 2008, INRIX has played an important role bringing connected services to Ford SYNC drivers,” said Brian Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. “These services are no longer just a selling point but a requirement — real-time information like traffic, parking and fuel play a critical role in the entire driving experience.”
The technology uses OPIS by HIS Markit to power the service, providing location, brand and real-time pricing information for more than 380,000 fuel stations around the world. INRIX collects billions of anonymous data points every day from a diverse set of sources, including connected vehicles, cities, transportation departments, road weather conditions, journalistic incidents, social media, parking, mobile and other IoT devices.
Ford has two plants in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Truck Plant employs 8,920 workers making the Ford F-150—F-550 Super Duty Trucks, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. At the Louisville Assembly Plant, 4,100 employees assemble the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair.