BMW will soon launch a pilot telematics system in Cologne to help drivers find a parking space. The driver enters his destination via the on-board satellite navigation system and the Park Assistant service offers a number of parking places. The driver can select one of these and even reserve it for a certain time.

The navigation system then shows the way to the car park, taking account of the traffic conditions.

Payment for the parking is calculated automatically via an electronic ticket fitted to the car and debited direct from the driver’s bank account.