How often do you spend time frustratingly driving around hectic car parks looking for a space that never opens up?

If you live in a town and city, it’s probably a long time — with some drivers taking as much as 67 hours looking for a space per year, according to figures from travel data experts Inrix.

But the struggle of searching for vacant spaces could soon be over, thanks to Ford and its new feature known as ‘Parking Space Guidance’.

The firm has partnered with Vodafone for the new connected feature, which is being piloted to make finding parking spaces easier in city centres. The technology can display the number of spaces available in car parks, and also give drivers directions on how to get to each car park on the touchscreen.

The data is received from car parks, while the models are also able to pick up data from digital road signs, which already tell drivers about the remaining spaces in car parks.

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