It looks parking gets a lot of attention on my blog. This idea is all about helping others to find an easy parking spot. It works a bit like Uber but for future available (parking) space. When you are a member of the ParkEasy community, you check in your car wherever you park and notify ParkEasy when you will approximately be leaving your parking spot again. Another member of the ParkEasy community that looks for a parking spot in a certain area at a particular time gets notifications of the available ParkEasy spot that become free within a 15 mins timeframe. He can give a heads up that he will be arriving to take your place via the app.
It’s by code of the ParkEasy community that you only give our your parking spot to other members of the community. When the parking spot changes, ParkEasy community members both get rewarded with some transaction points. With those transaction points, you raise your profile within the community. Being a member of ParkEasy will become payable over time and when it is, any valuable member of the community will have raised enough transaction points to prolong their membership for free. The new ones start with a small registration fee to start and gain transaction points.
When I park in cities and I know it won’t take long, I just print a ticket that gives me 15mins for free. I don’t understand why when I pay for a ticket this 15mins isn’t automatically added. They should change that!
The idea is to create a bottle parking principle in which you don’t need much space above but only beneath the ground. This bottle parking principle with elevators makes more sense as it saves space and is much safer as the risk on theft and vandalism gets reduced to (almost) zero. It can also be used for bicycles. Imagine the places where you can’t get through anymore because the bike parkings are just so crowded. Another nice advantage is that you never have to look for you bike again.
How would it work?
You go to the ‘Bottled Parking Spot’ entrance, you drive in your vehicle, create a code and your vehicle gets stored to or retreived from the underground.
Car sizes are different. Parking spots are pretty much the same everywhere. This concept idea obliges people to park their car exactly where the algorithm says. When entering the parking, the car gets recognised, dynamic (augmented reality/video) arrows guide the driver to their parking spot. As the driver approaches the parking spot – the spot gets drawn on the floor, taken into account some movement place to exit and enter the car, so the parking space can be use in the most optimal way. People who still can’t park their car correctly, get charged more.
The goal is to reduce and remove all friction of people parking cars poorly.
Whenever you walk through a city or even in small towns, you see these sign on driveways, garage doors and sometimes even on windows: DO NOT PARK HERE! Often they are accompanied by a car license plate that makes it clear there is one exception…
Most of the time, this potential parking spot is unused and takes up a lot of the potentially available parking space. I want to make this space available again with a simple piece of hardware. Everyone can order this piece of connected hardware and secure it on their wall or garage door. This ‘take my parking’ display type of thing displays a code people can interact with through an designated app (or sms). They can retrieve information until when the parking spot is available. where the nearest available parking spot is, etc.
This way people give away or sell parking time to other people.
In the marketing of the product and service I would go the social route (that medical practicians, social service workers (police, fire brigade, etc) can use available parking spots for free) and the money-making potential a unused parking spot.
I just arrived in Paris. It’s not only here that it’s impossible to park your car. So I invented the City Guards Valet Parking service.
It’s a service you can call, txt or message to find a parking spot in the neighborhood you want. They search for a parking spot, park a car and guard the parking spot until the moment you arrive. Not only can you ask to get a spot in a specific part of town. The service also guards some parking spots near the hottest spots in town.
Another part of the service is real valet parking. You just use the service to have someone ready on a specific location. They take your car, guard it and bring it back when you are good to go.