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Clarion’s cloud connectivity gets parking assist and location sharing

The users of Clarion’s SmartAccess cloud connectivity platform can now search for the best suited parking place available with BestParking and can also share real-time locations with each other using Glympse from their car’s infotainment screen. These two new features were introduced by Clarion into the infotainment system as the latest addition.


Drivers of new and current vehicles equipped with either a factory-installed or aftermarket system featuring Clarion’s Smart Access cloud-based infotainment platform will now be able to access BestParking and Glympse directly from the screen of their vehicle without having to touch their smartphones.

“BestParking was created to help drivers find the best deals on convenient city and airport parking. We have robust coverage – 107 cities and 115 airports throughout North America – and over a million motorists who already rely on us each month to find the best parking spots at the lowest rates. However, pulling out the phone and searching for a place to park while driving isn’t always the safest and most convenient thing to do,” said Ben Sann, Best Parking Founder. “Adding the BestParking app to Clarion’s Smart Access platform enables drivers using our service to easily and safely find and compare prices for parking near their location.”

Glympse is a mobile service that allows GPS-enabled smartphone users to share their location via a Web-based map for a pre-set period of time with anyone they choose. With Glympse, users are in complete control and can choose who they want to share their location with, when and for how long.

“Our top priority for Smart Access is providing drivers a safer more convenient way to access their favorite apps while in the car and we are pleased to add BestParking and Glympse to the growing lineup of premium service apps offered by our Smart Access platform,” stated Allen H. Gharapetian, Clarion’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning. “With more cars hitting the roads with Smart Access equipped infotainment systems every day, we continue to strive to offer current and new Smart Access users a way to access popular services safely and conveniently from their car’s center console.”

Smart Access is designed to provide proactive real-time analysis of destination routes on the go, allows for customization of entertainment options, can be tailored to monitor status of the vehicle or the driver’s driving style, and provides an easy, distraction-free way to use many popular smartphone apps while driving.



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