Demonstrated yesterday at the annual Telematics Detroit 2013 conference, Audi is the first automaker to offer INRIX Park, a navigation service, to customers worldwide. It will be available immediately for existing and new Audi connect subscribers.

“Helping to ease the challenges that Audi drivers face in their daily drives is the core mission of the Audi connect suite of connected car services,” said Filip Brabec, director of product management for Audi of America. “By offering the ability to easily navigate to the best parking spot available for their vehicle, Audi has further simplified and improved the ownership experience.”

With the INRIX Park, Audi connect customers gain the ability to compare rates, gauge proximity to their destination and get turn-by-turn directions for more than 18,000 participating parking locations in the U.S. and 42,000 more locations across Europe. And the roster of available parking destinations will continue to grow as data on the locations and available spaces builds.

“Together with Audi, we’re making it easier to get new integrated navigation services in your vehicle than it is to update your smartphone,” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. “With drivers looking for parking accounting for up to a third of all traffic in our cities, INRIX Park demonstrates how new data driven services can help drivers save time and frustration on the road.”

With Audi MMI Navigation-equipped vehicles, Audi offers this new service to U.S. vehicle owners through Audi connect. Delivered via the INRIX platform, the parking service is available as part of an options package, which also includes Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, INRIX’s dynamic fuel price service, as well as real-time news, local traffic, travel and weather information.

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