British start-up launches in-car service showing location of empty parking places in real time

Motorists fed up with driving around trying to find a parking space are set to benefit from an in-car service showing the location of empty places in real time.

New technology being unveiled today will also help drivers avoid traffic bottlenecks and accident blackspots, predict breakdowns, and compare petrol prices.

The traffic intelligence is delivered within 32 seconds, and will be displayed on the digital screens of connected cars or via mobile apps.

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Parking spaces: Wejo processes data on driving behaviour from connected cars

Wejo, a British firm backed by General Motors, is behind the launch. The Chester-based company, founded by entrepreneur Richard Barlow, processes data on driving behaviour from connected cars, letting it predict traffic and driving trends. 

Its three new products will be available in the US initially, but will roll out globally as the number of connected cars grows.

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Barlow will also supply his company’s data to insurance firms, local authorities and breakdown services. 

GM bought a 10 per cent stake in Wejo for $25million (£20million) in cash this year.

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