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Rise of Autonomous Vehicles is Factor in the Partnering of TomTom and ParkWhiz

Drivers across America can expect less stress when seeking parking at destination facilities thanks to the announced partnering of navigation technology company TomTom with parking service provider ParkWhiz.  TomTom is gaining access to ParkWhiz’ extensive database of dedicated public parking facilities in the U.S. and Canada, enabling TomTom end users to find quickly find parking.

TomTom is anticipating one of the many changes underway by automakers who are integrating new features and services associated with the development of autonomous vehicles. They noted in their press statement that parking information is cited as a top connected service being integrated by automakers.

“As autonomous vehicles become the norm instead of the exception, we’re thrilled to bring parking solutions to TomTom’s customers, and to be a part of their vision for the future of transportation,” said ParkWhiz’ VP of Platform Solutions and Strategy, Dan Cummings. “This aligns perfectly with how we see parking solutions fitting into the space – a layer that benefits the driver and is a part of their existing experience.”

Current parking product solutions in TomTom’s portfolio already enable smart parking solutions in both on-street and off-street content. With the new technologies offered by this team-up, TomTom plans to provide reservation capacity for parking. This facilitates end-to-end parking services while allowing drivers to view parking, reserve it, and then pay for it without leaving their car.

ParkWhiz slready serves as a leading transactional platform for connected vehicles, fleets, and individual drivers to find and book parking in advance. With over seven million vehicles parked as well as rapidly expanding operations in over 190 North American cities, this team-up is set to assist drivers of any road-going vehicles.