ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Parkmobile, a leading provider of services that enable users to pay for parking from their smartphones, has announced its app is compatible with Volvo Sensus Connect. With a few pushes of the node, drivers will be able to pay for a parking space with an on-file credit or debit card, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving.
"Parkmobile enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter," said Cherie Fuzzell, CEO at Parkmobile. "We are excited to extend the Parkmobile offering to the connected car through our collaboration with Volvo Car Group. "Parkmobile looks forward to working with Volvo to offer drivers a more robust means of driving and parking," Fuzzell added.
While it varies from location to location, in some cases drivers can receive a reminder to their smartphone 15 minutes prior to the expiration of their parking session, enabling them to remotely extend their parking session if they have not exceeded the maximum allowed time.
With the launch of Sensus Connect, Volvo Cars reveals the updated on-board solution for connected services, infotainment, navigation and audio. Now, Volvo Cars truly offers customers a fully connected experience. The cloud-based services allow drivers to find and pay for parking from their car.
The application is based on car2infrastructure communication and points the way of new possibilities when the car starts to "communicate" with its surroundings.
The solution is implemented and operated as a managed service of a global cloud-based solution with regional and central nodes. These nodes enable efficient provision and communication of services and information to the cars.
All in all, the 'cloud' offers great flexibility to adjust capacity and local presence of content based end-user demands. The solution covers all Volvo Cars markets around the globe.
"By choosing partners who are the very best in their individual fields such as the parking service provider Parkmobile, we were able to focus on what we do best, providing a safe, comfortable and highly enjoyable ride," says David Holecek, Connectivity Brand Manager at Volvo Cars. "It's all about giving a Volvo driver an enjoyable and intuitive experience. By offering our customers the possibility to find and pay for parking from their car, we truly add value to their everyday life and make it easier."
The updated Sensus Connect will be available in all new Volvo models starting in May 2014. Drivers who already have Sensus Connect in their cars today will be offered an update for their system.
Parkmobile, for iOS, Android, and other devices, is now compatible the parking functionality within Volvo Car. To download Parkmobile, visit http://us.parkmobile.com/members/members-mobile-apps/.
Parkmobile is the leading global provider of seamlessly integrated end-to-end solutions for mobile payments, parking guidance using business analytics and parking. Its offerings include mobile payments for on and off-street parking, digital parking permits, real-time enforcement and a seamless transit experience. Their services are used in more than 500 locations in the U.S. by millions of registered users. Parkmobile USA was founded in Atlanta, Georgia and its call center, engineering team and corporate headquarters are located in the U.S. Parkmobile's investors include BCD Group and Fontinalis Partners. With annual global revenues of $22.8 billion, including $8.5 billion partner sales, BCD Group is an international market leader in the corporate and online travel, and off-airport and mobile parking industry. Co-founded by Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford, Fontinalis Partners invests in technology companies improving next-generation mobility. For more information please visit www.parkmobile.com, facebook.com/ParkmobileUSA or on Twitter @Parkmobile.
About Volvo Car Group
The first mass-produced Volvo car rolled off the production line in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1927. Since then, we have delivered a steady stream of cars equipped with world-leading innovations and world-leading safety-features. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in about 100 countries. We produce premium cars with the following body types: Sedans, Estates, Sportswagons, Cross Country vehicles and SUVs. Our corporate and brand strategy is "Designed Around You" and puts people at the heart of everything we do. As a responsible company, we want to contribute to a more sustainable society. To ensure that we are in harmony with customers and society, we do our part by spearheading the development of sustainable mobility - from plug-in hybrids and all electric cars to large-scale projects with autonomous driving cars. We are proud to continuously deliver world-first solutions; innovations that put people first, by saving and simplifying their lives. For more information please visit www.volvocars.com/intl/, www.facebook.com/Volvo-Cars#!/Volvo