TomTom is introducing what it calls a game-changer for drivers on the hunt for that hard to find parking spot, with the introduction of an on-Street Parking service.
The company says the service will be initially available as a data feed for 25 cities in Europe, with additional geo-expansion to follow.
The company says it will complement the existing off-street parking information service already available to customers and licensing customers.
TomTom says it uses its vast supply of GPS data to determine where drivers are looking for parking places and at what times of the day. With this information, the service provides drivers with the probability of finding a parking spot on a street level, as well as the average search-time for a spot. It says that, to further enhance the parking experience, it will also publish pricing and restriction information where available.
TomTom says the new on-street parking service represents another step for it towards the future of driving, where the service could be used by autonomous vehicles to seamlessly find a parking spot and park themselves.
“TomTom On-Street Parking offers drivers peace of mind and a less stressful parking experience, in addition to helping them save time and money,” says Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic and Travel Information at TomTom. “The service also helps reduce congestion in cities and thus lower CO2 emissions, and enables cities to better understand and manage street parking inventory to improve urban mobility”.