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Round-Up: Ford trials parking space finder, Ssangyong builds ambulance, Firms pledge to go electric

Ford trials parking space finder

Round-Up: Ford trials parking space finder, Ssangyong builds ambulance, Firms pledge to go electric

Ford is trialling software which indicates to drivers where available parking spaces are and how to get to them.

The firm’s Parking Space Guidance tool is updated in real-time based on car park data, with Ford claiming it could help eliminate the need to search for parking spaces, which it added could save drivers 67 hours a year.

“Satnavs are great at helping us to get to our destination but aren’t so useful when it comes to helping us to park there – especially in city centres,” said Tobias Wallerius, engineer, product development at Ford of Europe. “Parking Space Guidance is a connected‑vehicle technology that could help drivers to more quickly complete their journey, saving them money, time and benefitting overall air quality.”

Ssangyong hands over modifed Rexton

Ssangyong ambulance

Ssangyong has handed over a Rexton model which has been converted for ambulance use for IMT Medical Services Limited.

It is based in Huyton, Merseyside and provides medical transport and medical first aid training across the UK.

Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK, said: “It is a huge achievement for SsangYong to be recognised for its cost-effective, versatile and reliable products within the UK emergency services market. Our business introduced a fleet strategy 12-months ago with a focus on private and public sector including utilities and operational fleets – with our product line-up and company structure, it’s an area in which we can compete successfully, offer flexibility, and really add value.”

More companies pledge to go electric

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Shopping centre group Intu and car parking company Apcoa are the latest businesses to join the Climate Group’s EV100 ‘club’, which pledges to transition major fleets to electric power.

Intu plans to install more than 80 new charge points at its 14 directly managed UK shopping centres by 2020, while also transitioning its own vehicles to EVs by 2030, while the parking giant said it is committed to switching its 300 mopeds, cars, vans and buses to electric power by 2030, adding it will also install charging infrastructure over the same timeframe to encourage EV uptake by its customers and employees.