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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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HIRIKO Cars and the Future of City Driving

Earlier this week, we told you about a survey rating the worst cities in America when it came to time wasted in traffic. New York City came in second place, beating out Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. As bad as traffic is, though, parking in New York City might possibly be worse. Finding a parking spot can be a frustrating experience, and drivers wish their cars could fold in half and squeeze into those small spaces.

As it so happens, the HIRIKO Project wants to make the dream of a fold-able car into a reality. The HIRIKO is a fully electric car built for city driving. Based on MIT’s citycar concept, the vehicle comfortably seats 2 people. When the driver is ready to park, the front egg-like section slides back, and the car becomes half of its normal length and smaller than the tiny Smart Cars currently on the market now.

For anyone who has ever driven in a big city like New York, this is a game-changer. HIRIKO might not be practical for families or people who need trunk space, but it is perfect for a couple going out for a night on the town or someone who has to do a lot of city driving on a daily basis. Besides that, I get such a kick out of watching them fold up. It is like watching a sci-fi movie coming to life. I almost expect to see characters from Tron climbing out of the car with the black jumpsuits and neon stripes.

Check out the HIRIKO in action below.

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