Ford and INRIX are teaming up to help customers find cheaper options for fuel prices and to find free parking spots.
INRIX, a provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, announced that its parking and fuel services will be soon available in Ford vehicles around the world.
Available in the all-new SYNC 4 connected vehicle system with navigation, drivers will be able to find, compare and navigate to available parking spaces, as well as search for the lowest fuel prices and drive to stations nearby.
Starting with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, Bronco two- and four-door models and all-new F-150, new SYNC 4 real-time connectivity ensures drivers have the latest available traffic, incident, parking, charging and fuel information. SYNC 4 technology also combines conversational voice recognition with internet search, so drivers and passengers always have 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.”
SYNC 4 will soon provide users with routes to the closest street and garage spot, including rates, restrictions and real-time occupancy. OPIS by IHS Markit powers the service, providing location, brand and real-time pricing information for more than 380,000 fuel stations around the world.
“Since 2008, INRIX has played an important role bringing connected services to Ford SYNC drivers,” said Bryan 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.”