Detailed information about on-street parking space locations is coming to TomTom sat-nav devices, thanks to a new partnership with Parkopedia.
The deal between the navigation firm and the parking service provider means information about 40 million parking spaces in 6000 cities across 75 countries can now be included on sat-nav devices. Initially, the service will be rolled out for London and Birmingham in the UK, but there are plans to expand that further.
The system will use the data to determine where drivers are looking for parking places and at what times of the day. The service, called TomTom On-Street Parking, then provides drivers with the probability of finding a parking spot on a particular street, as well as the average search-time for a spot. Where available, pricing and restrictions will also be displayed.
The technology was shown for the first time at the Paris motor show.