BMW will be the first carmaker to integrate automated parking solutions into its cars as a result of its collaboration with Parkmobile, the leading provider of mobile parking. In a late-May announcement, Atlanta-based Parkmobile introduced its compact with the German luxury carmaker to bring its complete platform of automated parking capabilities to BMW’s entire lineup.
Through its smartphone app, Parkmobile allows consumers to find, reserve and pay for parking at more than 2,000 locations and metered parking in 250 cities across the United States and Canada. Its new arrangement with the carmaker will incorporate these services into the navigation system and GPS of every BMW to facilitate parking on the street or at a Parkmobile-enabled location.
Using the vehicle’s touchscreen, drivers will be able to reserve and prepay for parking, whether at a meter or a Parkmobile location. It’s basically one-touch parking. When away from the parked vehicle, consumers will be able to manage and extend the parking session through their smartphone companion app. The parking session will automatically end when the vehicle is driven away.
BMW and Parkmobile’s first experience with this vehicle-based interface was in the 2016 BMW 5 Series, which offered parking reservations through the vehicle’s touchscreen. For BMW, such automated parking solutions are simply another piece of the mobility puzzle, as well as another step closer to self-driving cars.