Edition: September 2013 - Vol 21 Number 09
Article#: 4321
Author: Repertoire

Parking app

Streetline, Inc. has introduced the latest release of its parking guidance application, Parker™ by Streetline, which is now available for Android and iPhone. Parker 4.0 reportedly features an updated design, easy-to-use side panel menu, and one-click turn-by-turn voice navigation, further enhancing the hands-free capabilities of the app. By tapping data from Streetline’s real-time sensor network in more than 35 locations globally, and parking garage and lot data for more than 23,000 off-street locations, Parker provides users with parking options in real time. Key features of Parker 4.0 include:

• Real-time information about open and available parking spaces. (Information is automatically updated as cars park, or leave parking places.)

• Real-time updates regarding parking prices.

• Access to rates, hours and time limits for metered, on-street and garage/lot parking.

• Side panel navigation, providing users with access to filters, price toggle, parking spots and satellite view.

• Search field, with enhanced ability to find parking by address or points of interest (e.g., coffee shop, gas station).

• Enhanced filters, allowing users to set criteria, such as EV charging stations, ADA spaces, on-street or garages/lots only, or specific payment options (e.g., coins, credit card, mobile payments).

• Park function, allowing users to set reminders as to where a car is parked (and later find guidance back to the car).

• Mobile payment where available.

• Ability to select display preference showing the number of available spaces and prices.

• One-click access to turn-by-turn voice navigation, guiding users to available parking.

To download Parker by Streetline, visit:

Connected car

IBM has announced that Sprint is using IBM MobileFirst solutions to deliver a more personalized, responsive, connected car experience. Enhancements to the Sprint VelocitySM connected vehicle platform have enabled cars to be seamlessly integrated with drivers’ mobile devices and customized to their specific in-vehicle infotainment, security and convenience feature preferences. As part of this collaboration, Sprint reportedly has become the first mobile carrier to use IBM MessageSight, an appliance designed to enable organizations to manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances. Based on IBM MessageSight, the Sprint Velocity Service Bus allows smartphones, tablets and other devices to communicate through the cloud, reportedly enhancing the delivery of connected car services. For instance, in addition to instantly unlocking a car with a smartphone or tablet (which, at one time took about 60 seconds) or allowing a dealer to proactively communicate service suggestions based on sensor readings, the new platform is expected to improve the consumer experience with features that are delivered more quickly and accurately. The Sprint Velocity Service Bus now supports services such as:

• Mobile concierge service. After finishing a meal at a restaurant and searching for a local coffee shop on a smartphone, the user can have directions sent to his or her car’s navigation system. When the driver turns on the car, the directions will be queued up and ready to go.

• Automatic cabin temperature adjustments. Temperature sensors in the car automatically adjust cabin settings, based on established driver preferences that are stored in the cloud. For example, by using a remote auto start on a hot summer day, the driver can ensure the car will be comfortable when he or she gets in.

• Preferred alternate routes. An internal navigation system captures route and travel preferences in the cloud and, based on time of day and traffic alerts, can suggest alternate routes.

• Location tracking. A smartphone app is available to help the driver locate his or her parked car in crowded lots.

In addition, the Sprint Velocity Service Bus enhancement stores preferences such as seat position, cabin temperature and radio stations in the cloud, and provides and syncs via the driver’s smartphone, every time the car is turned on. The cloud enables a user to port these preferences across multiple vehicles.