It used to be relatively easy to drive into a large city and find a place to park, but as with so many things, that was then and this is now.
It’s much harder now to find a place to park, but on the other hand, help is available now that wasn’t there back in the day. At least three parking software companies – Best Parking, ParkMe, and Parkopedia – were exhibiting at Telematics Detroit earlier this month and quick online search reveals quite a few more.
Best Parking, which started in Manhattan, can now help users locate parking garages and lots in 90 cities and 115 airports in North America. Its app displays rates and, in some cases, discounts that can be redeemed by entering a special code.
ParkMe boasts a database of more than 28,000 locations worldwide including garages, lots and meters.
Parkopedia invites users to share information about street parking, meters, garages and private driveways for rent. Its database covers more than 26,000 facilities in North America and 42,000 in Europe, and provides dynamic space availability in more than 300 cities. BMW recently selected Parkopedia as a parking information provider.
Last January INRIX® launched a parking navigation service that provides information on more than 18,000 off-street parking locations in North America and a total of 42,000 spaces in 36 countries in Europe. Supported by ParkMe and Parkopedia, INRIX Park promises continuously updated pricing, hours and availability information for participating off-street parking locations in North America and Europe. It will direct drivers not only to the closest available location but also to the best entrance based on the driver’s approach route and traffic. Obviously the easier the better for an app like this.
According to INRIX, drivers searching for a parking space account for 30 percent of all urban traffic congestion. A global survey of commuters in 20 cities conducted by IBM found that nearly six out of 10 drivers have abandoned their search for a parking space at least once and drivers often spend an average of nearly 20 minutes in pursuit of a spot.
Audi announced at Telematics Detroit that it will offer the INRIX Park service to Audi connect® subscribers at no added cost. “By offering the ability to easily navigate to the best parking spot available for their vehicle, Audi has further simplified and improved the ownership experience,” said Filip Brabec, Audi of America’s director of product management.
Have you used a parking app? Do you have a favorite? Do you expect parking to become a standard feature on connected cars?