INRIX Partners with BMW to Introduce Intermodal Navigation in the New i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles
INRIX Powers the First In-Car Navigation System to Inform Drivers if the Car, a Bus or Train is the Fastest Way to complete their journey
INRIX is partnering with BMW to help reshape personal mobility worldwide with the introduction of the industry's first in-car intermodal navigation system.
Debuting in BMW ConnectedDrive systems in the new i3 and i8 electric vehicles, INRIX Intermodal Navigation is the first in-car service to integrate local public transport connections into journey planning. The service monitors real-time traffic conditions alerting drivers to faster alternative modes of transportation when major delays occur along their routes. Upon selecting an alternative mode, the system provides turn by turn navigation to the nearest public transport station in time for the next departure.
"In an increasingly urban, time-compressed and socially-conscious marketplace, the future of the automobile depends on our ability to market mobility as much as it depends on horsepower, styling, or fuel economy," said Rafay Khan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Product, INRIX. "It's our shared goal with customers like BMW to meet drivers' demands for greater mobility and sustainability in the connected car."
The BMW i3 and i8 have been designed like no other vehicle ever powered by an electric drive system. As the world's first fully-networked electrically powered cars, it provides a robust system of intelligence for sharing information between the vehicle, its driver and the outside world. In addition to intermodal route guidance and pedestrian navigation through the BMW iRemote app, INRIX's role in BMW ConnectedDrive services extends beyond navigation to energy management. INRIX EV Services help drivers determine available range from their current location as well as identify and route to available charging locations.
INRIX VP and General Manager of Automotive Andreas Hecht added, "We're thrilled to have created such a unique product with such a quality-oriented OEM. In meeting BMW's demands for accuracy, we've developed an EV service that truly stands apart from other EV charging and range finder services on the market."
INRIX EV and Intermodal Navigation features include:
• Determining available range from the driver's current location to their destination based on traffic congestion, current charge, topography, and other variables navigating them to an available EV charging station as needed along the way.
• Providing individually and continuously verified information on location, operating hours, number of connectors, supported plug types and voltage as well as availability.
• Recommending the fastest mode of transportation to a destination, comparing public transportation schedules with expected vehicle travel times in traffic. The INRIX public transport database includes locations and departure schedules for bus and train stations in 17 countries.
INRIX EV and Intermodal Navigation Services are individually verified and updated as new charging locations come online, public transportation schedules change and new capabilities such as charging station availability are added.
BMW Expands Use of INRIX Traffic Information Worldwide
In addition to the BMW i3 and i8, BMW uses INRIX real-time traffic information across all new BMW models equipped with the automaker's Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) service in 17 countries. Initially introduced in select 2011 vehicles, INRIX traffic information helps BMW drivers save time, fuel and avoid frustration with the fastest routes, travel times and alerts to accidents and other incidents.
BMW will showcase intermodal navigation as well as BMW Connected Drive at CES from January 7-10, 2014 at Silver Lot 3 just outside of the entrance to the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center adjacent to Paradise Road.
INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce.
Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services reach more than 150 million drivers to help them save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly 4 million miles of road in 37 countries. For more information visit us at www.INRIX.com.