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June 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Inrix adds parking finder to Audis

Kirkland-based Inrix is expanding its stack of automotive services with a new real-time parking finder that’s debuting Wednesday on Audi cars.

Inrix Park will appear on the roughly 100,000 Audi vehicles with Audi Connect wireless services. It’s also coming to new Lexus IS models.

The 300-person company has been working to add new services to supplement its main business providing real-time traffic data.

Inrix Park provides rates, availability and turn-by-turn directions to entrances of parking garages. The service is starting with information 18,000 off-street parking locations in North America.

Of those locations, about 2,000 provide real-time data on availability. Another 2,000 locations with such data are expected to be added over the next 18 months, spokesman Jim Bak said.

Inrix may add parking information to its consumer apps in the future.

“This time around we’re starting with the automakers first, particularly because we have more and more of these systems that are two-way connected,’ Bak said.

The companies are unveiling the feature at the Telematics Detroit conference. Here’s a screenshot, showing the service and Audi’s Teutonic interface:

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