Las Vegas – 2014 International CES®– January 6, 2014 – INRIX, the leading provider of traffic information and driver services, announced today Volkswagen is expanding adoption of INRIX real-time traffic information to all Golf models equipped with its Car-Net navigation service. Initially introduced in the 2013 Golf GTI and Golf GTD models across Europe, the automaker is making INRIX traffic information available to customers of all new Golfs like the recently introduced 300 PS Golf R models in 17 European countries.
As the two companies collaborate to deliver the latest breakthroughs in connected car technology to Volkswagen owners worldwide, INRIX provides them with indispensable insight into real time traffic conditions, travel times and the fastest routes as well as alerts to better routes for navigating around crashes, road works, closures and other traffic-causing delays.
“Global climate change, economic upheaval and increasing urbanization are forcing automakers to take a fresh approach to personal mobility,” said Andreas Hecht, INRIX Vice President and General Manager of Automotive. “Together with Volkswagen we’re unlocking new possibilities for improving mobility through the latest advancements in daily navigation and other driver services.”
According to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard, drivers in Europe are on pace to waste an average of 35 hours in 2013 in traffic. However, drivers in large urban areas like London and Paris waste up to 80 hours annually in gridlock.
For the first time, Volkswagen real-time navigation owners can navigate around the day’s traffic jams through real-time analysis of traffic conditions on more than one million kilometers of roads across Europe. INRIX analyzes real-time data from a unique combination of sources including road sensors, crash and incident reports, weather, local events and the company’s own crowd-sourced network of nearly 100 million of vehicles and devices.
INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce.
Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services help more than 150 million drivers save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly 4 million miles of road in 37 countries. For more information visit us at www.INRIX.com.