Ford and Vodafone to test new connected-vehicle technology
In cities such as London and Frankfurt it is estimated that the average driver spends as many as 67 hours every year searching for parking spaces.
So-called “cruising” is responsible for an estimated 30 per cent of urban traffic. But the problem might not be all down to a lack of parking spaces with data showing that in the UK some local authority car park occupancy rates can be as low as 50 per cent.
Ford and Vodafone are testing new connected-vehicle technology that could make it easier to find parking spaces in city centres.
Parking Space Guidance technology displays to drivers the number of spaces offered by nearby car parks and how to get to them.
The technology, which is updated in real-time based on car park data, is being trialled by Ford and Vodafone as part of the KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) programme, in Germany, a €15 million cross-industry project testing new connected‐vehicle and automated driving technologies.