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INRIX partners with BMW to introduce intermodal navigation in the i3 and i8

INRIX is partnering with BMW to introduce of the first in-car intermodal navigation system. Debuting in BMW ConnectedDrive systems in the new i3 and i8 electric vehicles, INRIX Intermodal Navigation integrates 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 local 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.

—Rafay Khan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Product, INRIX

In addition to intermodal route guidance and pedestrian navigation through the BMW iRemote app, INRIX’s role in BMW ConnectedDrive services extends beyond navigation to energy management. INRIX EV Services help drivers determine available range from their current location as well as identify and route to available charging locations.

INRIX EV and Intermodal Navigation features include:

  • Determining available range from the driver’s current location to the destination based on traffic congestion, current charge, topography, and other variables navigating him or her to an available EV charging station as needed along the way.

  • Providing individually and continuously verified information on location, operating hours, number of connectors, supported plug types and voltage as well as availability.

  • Recommending the fastest mode of transportation to a destination, comparing public transportation schedules with expected vehicle travel times in traffic.

The INRIX public transport database includes locations and departure schedules for bus and train stations in 17 countries.

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

In addition to the BMW i3 and i8, BMW uses INRIX real-time traffic information across all new BMW models equipped with the automaker’s Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) service in 17 countries.

Initially introduced in select 2011 vehicles, INRIX traffic information helps BMW drivers save time, fuel and avoid frustration with the fastest routes, travel times and alerts to accidents and other incidents.

BMW is showcasing intermodal navigation as well as BMW Connected Drive at CES in Las Vegas.


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