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ParkWise - Intelligent Street Parking

ParkWise solves the street parking problem by allowing drivers to automatically share information about parking availability.

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Street parking has become a major problem as the number of vehicles has
completely outgrown the existing parking infrastructure:

• 20 minutes is the average time drivers spend in pursuit of available parking
• 30% of city traffic is created by drivers looking for parking

Drivers urgently need an effective solution to solve the street parking problem and thereby save them time, money (for gas and tickets) and frustration.
This will also significantly reduce air pollution and mitigate traffic congestion citywide.

ParkWise is a crowdsourced Intelligent Parking Platform that produces a real-time map of street parking availability, short-term predictions and regulations. Think Waze for parking. ParkWise collects and processes data from various sources and offers both the city and drivers an overview of available parking.

After implentation, ParkWise will:
- provide drivers with real-time parking prediction & availability.
- provide drivers with all relevant parking fees & regulations, as well as other information deemed important by the municipality.
- educate drivers about various parking options, based on the estimated parking duration (streetside parking, garages, parking lots).
- allow visitors to plan their trips to the city according to the current parking situation.
- notify drivers about impending street cleaning and any relevant alert based on their parking location.
- notify drivers about temporary parking permits issued for their parking location (moving truck, constructions, emergency notifications, etc.).
- offer full automation of the parking payment process (or integration with existing apps, such as the MOTU app).
- provide the municipality with both the historical and real-time data.
- allow implementation of dynamic parking prices.
- provide municipalities with emergency-notification ability based on parking locations.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Driver (residential & visitor): - Looks for street parking - ParkWise shows a real-time map of available and soon-to-be-available parking spots, combined with parking regulations. - Parks at parking spot of choosing. ParkWise automatically remembers their parking location (and notifies driver when they have to vacate their spot). - Returns to car - impending availability is automatically shown to other drivers. - Drives away - Availability is shown in real-time to other drivers. Municipality: - Sees map of both real-time parking and historical trends at all times. - Sees cars that have overstayed their parking stay - parking clerks can be dispatched in a targeted fashion. - Can send out emergency messages pertaining to traffic and parking - are only shown to drivers to whom they are relevant. - Can add, change constructions, parking fees, etc. to a live map that is shown to all drivers.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our core team of 11, consisting of highly qualified engineers and data scientists, has over 7 years of experience working together in the Intelligent Transportation field. While collaborating with industry leaders such as Kapsch, Swarco and Skidata, we executed numerous successful projects.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We can use either our existing mobile application, or white-label one specially for the city. The challenge funding will mostly be spent on the following activities: - Analyzing the current city and its various parking regulations to devise an integral optimization strategy. - Creating a custom mobile application for drivers (or incorporating the city's properties into our existing one). - Incorporating the entire parking payment process (either an exisiting one such as MOTU or a new one) within the end-user app. - Building a complete administration panel for the city, giving them control over the availability map, overview of payments, and the overall data and trends to help with optimizing city traffic and infrastructure. - Optional: building a specific sub-app for parking clerks to be guided to non-paying and overstayed vehicles. - Although the app will remain free for end-users, we will license our technology to automakers and other third-party developers.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

While it would depend on the specific needs of the city, once implemented, we would gauge the following: - Time saved by drivers using our solution to find parking. - The general decrease in citywide traffic. - The efficiency (and increase) of parking payments. - The pinpointing of the most problematic areas for parking (and devising ways to remedy the situation). - The adherence of drivers to regulations. - The enforcement of parking payment and regulations.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Tom Bulten

Jonathan: I'm a facilitator for the Grand Rapids Challenge. Thank you for adding to the parking conversation with the Parkwise proposal! I think integrating with or building on the MOTU parking payment app could be useful since the City just launched that a few months ago. To what extent does Parkwise rely on large-scale adoption or saturation to generate enough crowd-sourced data to be useful?

Photo of Jonathan Schick

Hi Tom, thank you for your question. ParkWise obviously would need a substantial user base to be useful (around 10-15% of drivers would suffice for very significant results). As we have amassed experience through launching in other cities, we have ways of gradually growing the user base, concentrating on specific neighborhoods and expanding from there.