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January 7, 2014

INRIX partners with BMW to introduce intermodal navigation

Software for new i3 and i8 electric cars.

By Ben Sullivan

INRIX is partnering with BMW to introduce the industry’s first in-car intermodal navigation system.

Debuting in BMW ConnectedDrive systems in the new i3 and i8 electric vehicles, INRIX Intermodal Navigation is the first in-car service to integrate local public transport connections into journey planning. The service monitors real-time traffic conditions, alerting drivers to faster alternative modes of transportation when major delays occur along their routes. Upon selecting an alternative mode, the system provides turn by turn navigation to the nearest public transport station in time for the next departure.

"In an increasingly urban, time-compressed and socially-conscious marketplace, the future of the automobile depends on our ability to market mobility as much as it depends on horsepower, styling, or fuel economy," said Rafay Khan, senior vice president of sales and product, INRIX. "It’s our shared goal with customers like BMW to meet drivers’ demands for greater mobility and sustainability in the connected car."

The BMW i3 and i8 are the world’s first fully-networked electrically-powered cars, and further INRIX EV Services help drivers determine available range from their current location as well as identify and route to available charging locations.

INRIX VP and general manager of automotive, Andreas Hecht, added, "We’re thrilled to have created such a unique product with such a quality-oriented OEM. In meeting BMW’s demands for accuracy, we’ve developed an EV service that truly stands apart from other EV charging and range finder services on the market."

The INRIX EV and Intermodal Navigation Services will be individually verified and updated as new charging locations come online, public transportation schedules change and new capabilities such as charging station availability are added.

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