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Ford SYNC 4 with Next-Gen INRIX Technology Steers Drivers to Cheaper Parking, Fuel and Charging

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  • Ford and INRIX are teaming up to help customers find cheaper options for fuel prices and that elusive open parking spot
  • These services will be available in Ford vehicles globally equipped with SYNC 4, starting with the all-new Mustang Mach-E, Bronco two- and four-door models, and F-150
  • INRIX enables Ford drivers to find, compare and drive to parking all from the SYNC screen, with real-time parking service in nearly 20,000 cities in 150 countries
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20, 2020 – As people around the world start driving more again, Ford and INRIX will soon help them find cheaper options for fuel prices and that elusive open parking spot.

INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, today 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 easily 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 – from the closest parking spot to the cheapest gas station nearby.

“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.”

INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015. SYNC 4 will soon provide users with routes to the closest street and garage spot, including rates, restrictions and real-time occupancy. INRIX Parking offers access to the world’s most comprehensive and accurate parking database in 150 countries.

“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.”

INRIX Fuel allows drivers to search for nearby stations and view dynamic pricing to find their preferred fuel at the lowest price. 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.

INRIX collects billions of anonymous data points every day from a diverse set of sources, including connected vehicles, cities, DOTs, road weather conditions, journalistic incidents, social media, parking, mobile and other IoT devices. With the ability to offer transportation services on every road in the world, INRIX is a leading provider of mobility intelligence for automakers, transit agencies and businesses.
 

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So I'm assuming since there's no mention of using SYNC 4 to actually make the purchase that this system doesn't actually handle the payments, just nudges you to certain places? I mean that's not nothing, but I don't see where this is actually going to be used over Google Maps (I'm still not sure why Ford or any automaker actually bothers with nav when everyone has a phone and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay exist, but that's a different topic).

If this actually automatically paid for my parking and charging using my Ford payment information, I'd be excited.
 

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So I'm assuming since there's no mention of using SYNC 4 to actually make the purchase that this system doesn't actually handle the payments, just nudges you to certain places? I mean that's not nothing, but I don't see where this is actually going to be used over Google Maps (I'm still not sure why Ford or any automaker actually bothers with nav when everyone has a phone and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay exist, but that's a different topic).

If this actually automatically paid for my parking and charging using my Ford payment information, I'd be excited.
Well remember Ford has said that Ford Pass will support that "plug in and charge" standard. So, yes, the payment will be handled by Ford (just not Sync) since you'll just pull up and plug in, or so the marketing says.

Oh and there is also this from the "charging information from the dealer" posted elsewhere in the forums:
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That text implies you will be able to use SYNC to pay...(but I think they mean your phone)
 

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So I'm assuming since there's no mention of using SYNC 4 to actually make the purchase that this system doesn't actually handle the payments, just nudges you to certain places? I mean that's not nothing, but I don't see where this is actually going to be used over Google Maps (I'm still not sure why Ford or any automaker actually bothers with nav when everyone has a phone and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay exist, but that's a different topic).

If this actually automatically paid for my parking and charging using my Ford payment information, I'd be excited.
You'll be able to pay for charging using the FordPass app on your phone, maybe even in the car, but not sure. They have announced support for plug and charge, or whatever it's called, where supporting charging stations will automatically bill you after plugging in (the car talks to the charging station and knows your account/etc).
 

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You'll be able to pay for charging using the FordPass app on your phone, maybe even in the car, but not sure. They have announced support for plug and charge, or whatever it's called, where supporting charging stations will automatically bill you after plugging in (the car talks to the charging station and knows your account/etc).
I'm talking about parking.

I want the Mach-E to handle parking payment, if it's going to tell me the price it should easily be able to handle the actual transaction... since as you say for Plug & Charge it knows my payment info.
 

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I'm talking about parking.

I want the Mach-E to handle parking payment, if it's going to tell me the price it should easily be able to handle the actual transaction... since as you say for Plug & Charge it knows my payment info.
I think that is a more difficult transaction to achieve. The only way to make that happen is to have an agreement with certain parking aggregators. Not impossible, just more difficult.
 

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You'll be able to pay for charging using the FordPass app on your phone, maybe even in the car, but not sure. They have announced support for plug and charge, or whatever it's called, where supporting charging stations will automatically bill you after plugging in (the car talks to the charging station and knows your account/etc).
The MME and FordPass are supposed to include plug & play like Tesla for many charging networks.
 

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I think that is a more difficult transaction to achieve. The only way to make that happen is to have an agreement with certain parking aggregators. Not impossible, just more difficult.
Right, I'm just saying that I don't find it particularly useful to find parking on the car's nav if I can't buy it right there too, I'd just open SpotHero on my phone.
 

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Right, I'm just saying that I don't find it particularly useful to find parking on the car's nav if I can't buy it right there too, I'd just open SpotHero on my phone.
It would definitely be easier. If not on release, it could be an upgrade.
 

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as well as search for the lowest fuel prices and drive to stations nearby.
Looks like this is more geared to gas than electricity.

EA pricing is easy to find, but I'm finding some some networks (like ChargePoint) extremely lacking/frustrating to find pricing for. Rates are all over the map, inconsistent, and often incomplete.
 

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Hoping when they say fuel, they mean fuel
For sure. What I meant was that it can only be as good as the data from the underlying sources. And some of the EV ones are seriously lacking.
 

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Looks like this is more geared to gas than electricity.

EA pricing is easy to find, but I'm finding some some networks (like ChargePoint) extremely lacking/frustrating to find pricing for. Rates are all over the map, inconsistent, and often incomplete.
For ChargePoint stations its the facility that puts in the station that sets the price and thus they can be anything from free to $$$$$$.
 

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For ChargePoint stations its the facility that puts in the station that sets the price and thus they can be anything from free to $$$$$$.
True. But I wish they'd set some sort of consistent framework to be part of ChargePoint's network. I get that they should be able to charge what they want, but have it be from a few consistent parameters that are reported to ChargePoint for all to readily see. It's a bit of a chore to even find the pricing (on the website anyway; it does look it's better displayed in the app than the website).

All this disjointed charging info doesn't help sell people on BEVs.
 

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True. But I wish they'd set some sort of consistent framework to be part of ChargePoint's network. I get that they should be able to charge what they want, but have it be from a few consistent parameters that are reported to ChargePoint for all to readily see. It's a bit of a chore to even find the pricing (on the website anyway; it does look it's better displayed in the app than the website).

All this disjointed charging info doesn't help sell people on BEVs.
Agreed - chargepoint won't tell you the price, and EA doesn't tell you the power supplied. The ridiculous solution to both is plugshare, but the situation is insane. There is absolutely no legitimate reason why chargepoint can't require their customers/partners to make their charging rates available to chargepoint's systems, and certainly some computer at EA has to know how much power each charger outputs.

We are 1/5th of the way through the 21st century and they are providing critical infrastructure for the "cars of the future". CP and EA should shed their 20th century thinking.
 



 










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