Ford has selected INRIX’s parking and fuel services for its SYNC 4 connected vehicle system-equipped vehicles to allow drivers to easily find, compare and navigate available parking spaces.

The new services will soon be made available in Ford vehicles across the world and will help drivers find cheaper, alternative options for fuel prices, as well as available parking spots.

SYNC 4 will initially be available with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, the Bronco two- and four-door models, and the new F-150 vehicles.

It will provide drivers with the latest traffic, incident, parking, charging and fuel information.

SYNC 4 technology will use conversational voice recognition technology with internet searching.

Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems manager Gary Jablonski said: “Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalised services, and that is exactly what SYNC 4 offers, including INRIX’s parking and fuel price innovations.

“For example, many F-150 customers drive from job to job in new areas where we can help guide them to gas stations and parking spots closest to them, or perhaps a bit further if they are looking for cheaper options.”

SYNC 4 will provide users with routes to the closest street and garage spots, including its rates, restrictions, real-time occupancy and dynamic pricing.

With INRIX, Ford drivers will be able to find, compare and drive to parking locations using the SYNC screen. A real-time parking service is available in nearly 20,000 cities in 150 countries.

IHS Markit’s OPIS provides information for around 380,000 fuel stations worldwide.

INRIX stores anonymous data points every day from sources such as connected vehicles, cities, DOTs, road weather conditions, journalistic incidents, social media, parking, mobile and other IoT devices.