BMW Will Introduce an Intelligent Parking Search Solution Today in Detroit

As part of BMW’s showcase at this year’s TU-Automotive Detroit show (formerly known as Telematics Detroit) the German company will showcase an intelligent parking search solution developed in collaboration with INRIX. Apparently this feature should allow you to find a parking spot a lot faster than before.
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The whole feature will be part of the ConnectedDrive system that has been in development since 2011. Called the Dynamic Parking Prediction research project, the system should be able to shorten the time you need to find an open parking space on the street.

Using information from vehicle fleets, BMW has been able to predict parking availability with enough confidence that it is now ready to showcase their findings using an i3.

In order to come up with this solution, the Germans have produced up-to-date digital maps showing all public parking spaces in a certain area, while several thousand vehicles from a test fleet supplied anonymous movement data generated when using these spaces.

When one car would leave or take up a parking space, relevant data would be sent to the main server that, in turn, would update the map inside another car within the area.

Based on the digital map, the local prediction algorithm and the parking data from the fleet vehicles, the research application calculates current parking options in a given area, for example a particular part of town. This information is then presented on the dashboard display. That will, in turn, help you find a parking spot easier thus reducing not only the time you spend on the road, looking but also the traffic generated by other people just like you.

“There is a clear demand from customers living in large cities for a system capable of predicting on-street parking availability. Through its collaboration with INRIX, the BMW Group aims to continue setting the benchmark in urban mobility into the future. We are starting from an excellent baseline, since most of our vehicles are already equipped with connected technology ex factory” says Martin Hauschild, Head of Traffic Technology and Traffic Management at the BMW Group.

Until the system actually makes it on the market, BMW owners have access to other helpful apps such as ParkNow for example, that finds parking spots for you, for a small fee.


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