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New Audi Car Service Finds Perfect Parking Spots

ID-100149074One of the biggest headaches for city drivers is finding a parking space, and with Mayor Bloomberg expanding bike lanes and instituting bike share programs, parking will be even scarcer for New York City drivers. Fortunately, Audi is adding a parking navigation service for all Audi connect subscribers, making it easier to find the perfect spot.

INRIX Park services checks parking space availability and compares the hours and rates for nearby parking garages using Audi’s navigational system. The service was first unveiled last week at the Telematics Detroit 2013 conference, and already, the word is that INRIX is easy to use. In the words of INRIX President and CEO Bryan Mistele, it is “easier” and more intuitive than a smartphone.

INRIX Park services is now standard for all vehicles equipped with Audi connect, so current Audi owners can access it via their Audi MMI Navigation system. For more information about the features currently offered by Audi connect, click here.

Readers, we want to hear from you! Would you want a parking navigational system in your car? Are you more likely to check out the Audi or other vehicles with parking navigational systems? Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think!

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Ford SYNC Reaches Major Milestone

In the past few years, cars have become more connected at a startling rate. New cars are expected to have voice-recognition, provide GPS navigation, and have entertainment systems that work with the driver’s smartphone or iPod.

One of the first popular car connectivity systems hit a major milestone this week when Ford sold the five-millionth car equipped with the Ford SYNC, a system they developed with Microsoft. The SYNC was first introduced back in 2007. Currently the SYNC system includes GPS navigation, 911 emergency assistance, internet connection, hands-free calling with audible text messages, and an entertainment center complete with eight-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, Audible, and HD Radio.

In a press release from Ford, Vice President of Ford Research and Innovation Paul Mascarenas praised the SYNC, stating, “SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers. Ultimately, SYNC embodies what Ford is all about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are affordable, attainable, and valuable to millions of people.” He went on to praise Microsoft for their work on the SYNC, citing the system’s ability to upgrade with software updates as the primary reason for its success.

Congratulations to Ford and Microsoft on the success of the SYNC! We at the Approved Loan Store are excited to see what the future holds for car connectivity and “smart cars,” and we appreciate the role that Ford played in paving that future.

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