Finding Parking Space Made Easy by Talking to SpotHero and Android Auto
SpotHero has debuted voice-activated in-car parking reservations with the help of Google Assistant in Android Auto.
At CES 2018, the parking reservation service debuted a new integration that helps drivers find and secure parking spaces with their voice. With the help of Google Assistant’s integration into Android Auto, user can search and then pay for parking in an entirely hands-free manner. SpotHero feature will be available in more than 50 major markets throughout the U.S. and other parts of North America and should be as easy as saying, “Hey Google, book parking.”
The functionality depends upon SpotHero’s end-to-end parking mobility platform known as HeroConnect. It allows for automotive, transportation, and technology companies alike to offer parking reservations and transactions in their native platforms. “By working with the Google Assistant to bring voice-activated parking to drivers, we see huge opportunities to improve not only the parking experience, but the driving experience overall,” said SpotHero’s chief product officer Anthony Broad-Crawford. “At SpotHero, we built our parking mobility platform, HeroConnect, to make parking frictionless for drivers on whatever device they choose and to make integrating with our platform as easy as possible for our partners.”
SpotHero is top-ranked app in the Maps and Navigation category of Google Play. In October 2017, the app served as a partner for Pay with Google, making it easier for drivers to efficiently pay for their parking and be on their merry way. However, SpotHero doesn’t work exclusively with the Android family. The app is currently engaged in a promotion that allows to save 20% off parking fees using Apple Pay.
According to Artificial Intelligence in Telecommunication Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, Artificial intelligence (AI) focuses on formation of intelligent machines with the help of human intelligence such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. Parking has become emerging topic in auto industry. BMW recently acquired Parkmobile. The move is expected to address urban mobility issues, particularly in the realm of traffic. Around 30% of most gridlock is said to be caused by users looking for parking spaces. With help of SpotHero, this could soon change.
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