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Parkopedia partners with ETCP to expand smart parking and payment services to drivers in China

August 17, 2022

 

Parkopedia partners with ETCP to expand smart parking and payment services to drivers in China

  • Parkopedia now supports both in-car ‘Access and Pay’ and QR code parking payments at more than 3 million ETCP managed spaces across 60 major cities in China
  • Both parking payment methods utilise licence plate recognition technology to allow for seamless parking payments at almost 5,000 ETCP powered facilities
  • Access and Pay enables automatic parking payments via a single sign-on account for ultimate driver convenience
  • By integrating Access and Pay and QR code parking payments into its existing, single API interface, Parkopedia continues to support automakers and drivers in navigating the highly fragmented parking payments industry in China

17 August 2022 – Shanghai, China

Leading connected vehicle services provider Parkopedia now allows drivers to find and pay for parking from behind the wheel, at more than 3 million parking spaces, across almost 5,000 locations in 60 major cities in China, thanks to a recent partnership with ETCP.

As one of the largest parking payment providers in the country, ETCP manages nearly 600 million transactions per month. The partnership with Parkopedia enables drivers to make automatic parking payments through ‘Access and Pay’, as well as convenient payments via integrated QR codes from behind the wheel.

According to a driver survey carried out by Parkopedia and Zhongyan last year, there is a strong growing demand for in-vehicle parking express payments in China, with less than 1% of those surveyed still paying for parking with cash, 40% already paying for parking via their vehicle’s head unit infotainment system and almost all surveyed are willing to pay a surcharge of more than ¥5 per month for in-vehicle parking payment services.

Parkopedia’s in-vehicle Access and Pay and QR code parking payment services both utilise the licence plate recognition technology present at all ETCP facilities for seamless payment experiences, every time.

Access and Pay can be subscribed to via the automaker’s connected services, or activated by the driver via the infotainment screen, and only requires drivers to opt in to the service once, linking a payment card, AliPay or WeChat Pay account. Once a vehicle is registered with the service, an entry event is created when the vehicle enters a participating parking facility, and an exit event is created when it leaves. From these two events, an accurate transaction is calculated and the associated payment account is charged, with the driver notified.

Currently, when paying for parking via QR code, drivers are required to search parking facilities for physically displayed codes, however, this process can leave drivers frustrated and introduce safety risks with pedestrians focused on mobile devices within close proximity to moving vehicles. Parkopedia collects accurate parking payment QR codes directly from ETCP and embeds these digitally into the vehicle’s infotainment system. Drivers can then use their smartphone to scan the location QR code displayed on their infotainment screen to complete an express payment via a saved payment card, Alipay or WeChat Pay. This allows drivers to seamlessly pay for their parking safely with their smartphone without having to leave the vehicle, either before leaving or upon arriving at their destination.

Parkopedia offers car manufacturers the option of integrating these QR codes either into their existing smartphone apps or directly into the vehicle’s head unit. License plate recognition technology will log when the vehicle enters and exits the parking facility, allowing the correct parking fee to be charged seamlessly as the driver leaves the facility.

Ding Xian, General Manager for Parkopedia in China, said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with ETCP, one of the largest parking facility operators in the country. As the global leader of in-car parking and payment solutions, we are confident in providing Chinese automakers with superior connected vehicle products and services, ensuring they can deliver positive driver user experiences both today and in the future. We continue to invest heavily in our products and services in China, with various coverage expansions and technology advancement announcements to follow.”

 

Li Yunwei, Business Manager of ETCP, said: “With the development purpose of ‘connecting people and vehicles’, we are pleased to establish a deeper cooperation relationship with Parkopedia, and continue to expand the smart parking scenarios and service capabilities on in-car, city and field levels, and build a multi-directional of digital connectivity via cross brand, platform and scene interconnection.”

Parkopedia already helps millions of drivers each month find available parking in more than 100 cities across China, with the company’s static data product giving drivers the core information they need regarding location, price and opening hours, while its dynamic data product also calculates the probability a parking space will be available at the driver’s time of arrival. Recent independent Ground Truth Testing found Parkopedia to be the provider of the most accurate and complete parking data in the country.

Parkopedia continues to expand its partnership portfolio in China, integrating further operator payment interfaces into its unified API interface to deliver complete coverage to drivers and to provide market-leading parking payment products and services to automakers across the country.

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organisations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors.

Visit our global website at business.parkopedia.com or our dedicated China website business.parkopedia.com/zh-cnfor more information.

 

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Hilary Qian

Marketing Manager

Parkopedia China

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Parkopedia launches Amazon Alexa default parking Skill as millions of Americans plan to travel this summer

June 08, 2022

 

 

 

Parkopedia launches Amazon Alexa default parking Skill as millions of Americans plan to travel this summer

 

 

●  50 million Americans are expected to be on the road during this year’s July 1–5 holiday period alone, with parking a top priority for drivers

●  The new Parkopedia Alexa Skill enables drivers to use voice interactions to find, reserve and pay for parking from anywhere – at home, on-the-go, or from the comfort of their vehicle en route to their destination

●  Alexa users can just say “Alexa, find parking nearby” or use locations, such as “Alexa, find parking in Seattle”, and Parkopedia will provide them with parking information including accurate location, opening hours, pricing and booking availability

●  Nearly 130 million US drivers currently use in-car voice assistants for hands-free convenience, improved safety and 24/7 connectivity2

 

 

08 June 2022 – London, UK – Leading connected vehicle services provider, Parkopedia, has launched a new Amazon Alexa Skill for voice-enabled parking assistance, supporting the millions of Americans who plan to travel by car this summer.

According to the American Automobile Association1, a record-breaking 43.6 million Americans were estimated to have driven to their destinations during the July 1–5 period alone last year – the highest on record, and 5% more than the previous record set in 2019, with this number expected to grow further this year to an estimated 50 million.

Parkopedia’s Alexa Skill enables drivers to seamlessly find, reserve and pay for a parking spot, either from home with Alexa-enabled smart home devices, on-the-go with ‘Echo Buds’ or the Alexa mobile app, or in the vehicle, using integrated Alexa or supported Alexa auto accessories.

Using Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, drivers will have access to the Parkopedia database of almost 75,000 off-street parking locations across America, including more than 6,000 reservable locations – allowing drivers to find the nearest parking spot either to a given address, their current location, or at their final destination. Parking can also be booked ‘hands-free’ in advance of, or during the journey, via any Alexa enabled device.

When a driver needs help finding the most convenient parking space, they can just say “Alexa, find parking nearby” or use locations, such as “Alexa, find parking in Seattle”, and Alexa will default to the Parkopedia Skill, providing users with information such as accurate parking location, pricing and facility opening hours, as well as confirming the required parking duration and total cost prior to booking. If a location has multiple parking options, drivers can ask Alexa to skip suggestions until they find a parking spot which best suits their needs.

Drivers are also able to ask the Parkopedia Skill to verbally confirm reservations, make payments via Amazon Pay, or request for an e-receipt to be sent.

Data from Juniper Research3 shows that by 2024, the number of voice-interactive devices in use (8.4 billion) is expected to overtake the world’s population, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic creating a surge of interest in contactless, voice-based interfaces for our daily demands. When used behind the wheel, voice assistants can simplify vehicle operability, help keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, and enable a more comfortable driving experience.

Eugene Tsyrklevich, Founder and CEO of Parkopedia, commented: “The growing popularity of at-home voice assistants means consumers now expect a seamless transition with this technology between work, home and in-car environments. When behind the wheel, one voice command can replace several manual actions, vastly improving safety and efficiency. The latest generation of voice assistants now also utilize AI to learn and think – understanding a variety of accents and gaining the ability to action more than one command at a time, as well as analyzing user data to learn individual preferences. The latest Parkopedia Alexa Skill is a progressive step forward for hands-free, in-car driver convenience technology, which is core to our product portfolio and continues to improve the driving experience.”

The Parkopedia Skill is planned to expand in the near future to cover more of the company’s existing services, such as on-street parking and dynamic predictably, which directs the driver to the nearest, available parking space, as well as finding parking at known locations, such as ‘work’ or ‘home’ and advising drivers of the distance from the suggested parking space to their final destination.

To learn more, or to download the Parkopedia

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About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuel and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

Media Contact

Adam Calland
Marketing Director
Parkopedia
T: +44(0)7838219129
E: adam.calland@parkopedia.com W: business.parkopedia.com

Parkopedia and Uproad revolutionise in-car tolling payments for US drivers

May 27, 2022

 

Parkopedia and Uproad revolutionise in-car tolling payments for US drivers

 

  • ●  Uproad’s digital toll alert and payment services to be integrated into Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform, with coverage across the US at launch
  • ●  The partnership allows for automated digital toll payments that drivers now expect from within their connected vehicles, eliminating the requirement for a tolling transponder
  • ●  Toll roads are proven to be safer to use, with integrated systems allowing for full service and transaction visibility – allowing drivers to keep their attention on the road 

     

     

     

    27 May 2022 – London, UK / Washington, USA

    Parkopedia, a leading connected vehicles services provider, and Uproad, a leading mobile tolling payment system, have announced the integration of their platforms, automating the toll payment process for millions of drivers in the US.

    American drivers complete nearly 6 billion journeys, along the country’s nearly 9,500km of toll roads, bridges and tunnels every year, according to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), who also concluded that toll roads and bridges tend to be safer, better maintained and less congested route options for drivers.

    Uproad toll alerts and payments are currently available in 19 US states, with further coverage to be added later this year. The partnership enables seamless access through tollways by unifying Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform with Uproad’s digital toll payment system, eliminating the need for a tolling transponder. Drivers only need to register and agree to terms and conditions once to enable license plate recognition to identify the vehicle every time it passes through a toll, triggering the automated and effortless payments that drivers now expect from their connected vehicles. Real-time notifications are also sent to the driver for each event, allowing for transaction transparency and ease of management.

    In the future, Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform will be a key enabler for the global transition towards smart cities, where tolling systems for zone entry and exit or road use are set to become the industry norm. Drivers of connected vehicles will expect an automated, all-digital customer payment experience for all tolling stations and chargeable zones as standard.

    In addition to tolling, Parkopedia’s vehicle-centric payment platform, allows drivers to pay for both on and off-street parking, as well as EV charging, and ‘pay-at-the-pump’ fueling, all via the vehicle’s infotainment system. The platform solves the time-consuming and expensive task of aggregating a large number of service suppliers and payment providers for automakers, uniting them into a single integrated solution. Unique Single Sign-On capabilities, with full Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security compliance, allows for consistency across all merchants and all commerce domains, bringing together a plethora of payment service providers without additional enforced customer authentication at the point of sale.

 

Anthony Michael Ibrahim, Director of Business Development and Partnerships in North America at Parkopedia, said: “Millions of US drivers use toll roads and crossings everyday. We are delighted to partner with Uproad to increase our payment platform’s tolling coverage across North America and provide drivers with the seamless, automated digital toll payments that they now expect from their connected vehicles. Uproad and Parkopedia are both providers of cutting edge driver convenience technology, and are committed to providing safe, transparent and secure systems enabling positive user experiences for drivers.”

Sean Boyan, VP of Business Development at Uproad, added: “This partnership marks an important chapter in Uproad’s pursuit of providing drivers with a frictionless way to navigate toll road charges and pay tolls. Parkopedia is a forward-thinking and dynamic industry leader, and we are truly excited to announce this partnership. Uproad covers about 90% of all US toll roads, so we’re confident that together we’ll vastly improve many driver’s toll road experiences.”

Uproad is the latest addition to Parkopedia’s portfolio of leading payment services in the US and Europe, joining recent additions such as parking operators Passport, APCOA and OPnGO, as well as fueling partners ThinxNet and CarPay-Diem, further expanding the reach of the Parkopedia Payment Platform since its launch last year.

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fueling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

 

About Uproad

Uproad, a modern, mobile tolling payment system, is a consumer startup within The Kapsch Group, an international transportation systems company. The company is committed to creating smart mobility solutions that help reduce pollution and traffic, making road travel safer, more reliable and efficient. Uproad provides a pivotal mobility product with an app that offers drivers a simple-to-use valid form of payment to pay tolls. Uproad offers account transparency, Toll Alert and a Trip Calculator, enabling drivers to get real-time notifications when they’ve passed a toll and budget for road travel. Drivers can also track tolling expenses, enabling smoother trips and stress-free toll payments. Visit https://www.uproad.com/ for more information.

Parkopedia Media Contact

Adam Calland Marketing Director

 

Parkopedia
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Uproad Media Contact

Tori Mattei
VirgoPR
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Updated Parkopedia app aids drivers in Japan with industry-leading parking data

April 26, 2022

 

 

Updated Parkopedia app aids drivers in Japan with industry-leading parking data

 

 

 

●  Updated iOS app for the Japanese market allows drivers to find parking at more than 100,000 locations nationwide and more than 2,000 on-street locations in Tokyo

●  Highly accurate and complete data helps drivers to comply with strict parking restrictions in the country by providing information such as location, prices and opening hours

 

 

 

26 April 2022 – London, UK / Tokyo, Japan: Parkopedia, the global leader in digital parking services, has updated its free iPhone parking app in Japan, helping drivers to find parking at more than 100,000 off-street locations, across 1,300 cities and towns nationwide, and also at more than 2,000 on-street locations in Tokyo.

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with nearly 60 million drivers1, space for parking is severely limited. The 1962 Garage Act (Shako Shomei Sho) requires that motorists provide evidence of access to a local parking space within 2 kilometres of their homes.

The Parkopedia app, which is available to download from the Apple App Store, provides drivers with the precise location of more than 100,000 off-street parking facilities across the country, as well as details such as the number of spaces, prices, hours of operation, height restrictions and if electric vehicle (EV) charge points are present.

The app also helps drivers to comply with the country’s strict parking regulations and avoid expensive fines. In Japan, on-street parking is typically prohibited in major cities, however, a limited number of exceptions are made for daytime and evening parking at metered locations, featured within the app. The Tokyo metropolitan area, with a population of more than 37 million sees drivers compete for a very limited number of on-street parking spaces. Parkopedia’s parking app allows drivers to find more than 2,000 on-street locations in Tokyo and provides them with the accurate information required to park with ease.

In the near future, Parkopedia will be adding its dynamic parking service to the premium version of the app, which will be available for a one-off fee of 610 JPY. Dynamic predictive data provides drivers with information regarding space occupancy and accurately forecasts if a space will be available at their time of arrival, based on cutting-edge parking modelling research, which leverages parking payment transaction data, digital imagery and vehicle sensor data, to provide the highest quality predictions.

Eugene Tsyrklevich, Founder and CEO of Parkopedia, said: “By updating our parking app in Japan and now covering over 100,000 locations, we are able to better support drivers across the country to find parking more easily. As part of our continued commitment to the Japanese market, we launched our dedicated Japanese subsidiary last year, whilst also continuing to expand the coverage of our market-leading parking data. Shortly, we will also be providing our reservation and payment solutions in Japan which are currently used by various global automakers for their drivers in Europe, North America and China. Our ambition is to provide seamless parking experiences for all drivers, and support automakers in Japan to cater to growing customer demand for next-generation driver convenience features.”

Parkopedia uses its industry-leading data collection services to deliver accurate and complete parking data in Japan. Recent Ground Truth Testing studies in both the US and China have named Parkopedia as the market leader for parking data, with a global database of over 70 million spaces across 89 countries.

 

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organisations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

Japan Business Representative

Tomohiko Ishibashi Commercial Director Parkopedia Japan Limited T: +81-90-9837-3698

E: tomohiko.ishibashi@parkopedia.com W: https://business.parkopedia.com/ja

Parkopedia Media Contact

Adam Calland

Marketing Director
Parkopedia
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Parkopedia leads Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research

April 20, 2022

 

 

Parkopedia leads Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research

 

 

 

●  Parkopedia named as the provider of the most accurate and complete parking data in China

Frost and Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research project highlights the need for accurate parking data and offers insight into China’s smart parking market
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●  A 2021 consumer survey found that the majority of drivers expect automakers to help them find available parking

●  Accurate and complete parking data is essential for positive user experiences of in-car convenience features

 

 

20 April 2022, Shanghai, China

Parkopedia, the global leader for connected vehicle services, has been named as the provider of the most accurate and complete parking data in China, according to market research specialists, Frost & Sullivan, who compared parking data from 21 of the country’s parking data providers to better understand the ecosystem of China’s digital parking industry.

Demand for parking heavily outstrips supply in China, with just 80 million parking spaces available to accommodate more than 281 million registered vehicles, leaving automakers under pressure to provide drivers with accurate parking information. Parkopedia’s own 2021 driver survey, carried out in partnership with Zhongyan, found that the majority of drivers now expect automakers to provide them with accurate parking information as an essential part of their connected vehicle services. 77% of motorists surveyed also request real-time, dynamic parking information embedded in the vehicle’s head unit when approaching a destination or on departure, which is only possible with accurate data, sourced from reliable and trustworthy data providers.

Frost & Sullivan’s Ground Truth Testing (GTT) exercise focused on parking data coverage and accuracy at almost 4,500 on-street locations, and more than 1,400 off-street parking lots, across 10 major cities in China. Frost & Sullivan benchmarked 21 parking data providers, which included data aggregators, parking operators and municipal smart parking services providers, by comparing static attributes such as name, address, prices, opening hours, number of spaces and the presence of EV chargers as well as dynamic data – which provides parking space availability.

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GTT exposes the level of correctness and accuracy across both static and dynamic attributes by visiting multiple locations and comparing the information available from the data provider with the information available at the locations. Evaluating Point of Interest (POI) data is a complex process that requires planning, such as researching areas where parking is most in-demand and where drivers would benefit the most from a parking information service, the type of parking at the location such as on-street or off-street parking, and any weighting of attributes, such as factors that would have a high to low impact on customer satisfaction to give a consistent and fair evaluation between competing suppliers.

The exercise identified Parkopedia as the leading provider for completeness and accuracy of static data in all 10 cities in both off-street and on-street static data,. Parkopedia was also found to be the only supplier to offer complete static data information, as well as providing static data for almost four times as many on-street parking locations as its nearest competitor. When comparing dynamic data, Parkopedia ranked 1st in all 10 cities for on-street, and in 8 for off-street parking.

Ding Xian, General Manager for Parkopedia in China, said: “At Parkopedia, we always strive to provide the highest standards of service quality, giving our customers a level of transparency, confidence and security in our solutions or data they are buying. Transparency is the reason why we encourage our business customers and prospects to conduct Ground Truth Testing to ensure they are able to truly understand what metrics and level of granularity are important to their business. Ultimately, greater transparency, standardisation of terminology, and agreed minimum standards, can only be positive for the industry, enabling more unbiased evaluations of suppliers, and delivering improved driver experiences.”

Andy Guo, Executive Director at Frost & Sullivan, added the following about the results: “The explosive growth of the number of vehicles has raised new requirements for smart parking solutions, which rely heavily on the performance of parking data. With innovative data collection technologies, Parkopedia takes the lead in the highly fragmented Chinese parking market with its sophisticated data collection processes that allow Parkopedia to deliver outstanding coverage and the highest accuracy.

Parkopedia offers the most complete, detailed and accurate parking information and services, which are also their competitive advantages when compared with other parking data providers in China. Its sophisticated availability prediction method allows it to deliver parking data with an outstanding coverage rate and the highest accuracy. Parkopedia ranked 1st out of 10 providers in this thorough assessment.”

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The full report can be viewed here:

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

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Parkopedia expands its parking data services into new industries, starting with Sunny Cars

March 03, 2022

 

 

 

Parkopedia expands its parking data services into new industries, starting with Sunny Cars

 

 

 

  • ●  Parkopedia’s global parking information will be delivered to Sunny Cars drivers in the Sunny2go web application
  • ●  During their travels, drivers can now choose from over 70 million parking spaces, across 89 countries
  • ●  As the global leader in digital parking services, Parkopedia continues to expand its supported industries across mobility, transportation and logistic service providers 

     

     

    03 March 2022 – London, UK / St.Gallen, Switzerland

    Leading connected vehicle services provider, Parkopedia, has partnered with Sunny Cars, one of the largest rental car specialists in Europe, to provide parking information to their drivers, via the ‘Sunny2go’ web application.

    Parkopedia helps millions of drivers to find parking every day, and will now provide Sunny Cars customers with parking information for both street and car park locations across 89 countries worldwide.

    Parkopedia gathers extensive information about every parking location, including the precise position, number of spaces, prices, hours of operation, electric vehicle charge points, height restrictions and more.

    Parkopedia’s dynamic data, which will be added to the app later this year, uses a combination of real-time data and sophisticated predictive algorithms to determine parking space availability at any given time. This gives drivers a ‘local knowledge’ of parking during their travels, providing occupancy insights, as well as the probability of finding parking at a destination.

    Sunny Cars is a car rental specialist, and rather than owning vehicles directly, works with selected fleets from all over the world, with more than 8,000 locations in over 120 countries. The Sunny2go mobile app, now featuring Parkopedia’s parking data, is provided to customers 14 days prior to vehicle rentals via a unique link to act as a ‘personal concierge service’ with features such as a free telephone concierge, map functionality, holiday checklists and all booking information for their trip.

    As the leading connected vehicle services provider, Parkopedia welcomes the expansion of its digital parking services into the mobility, transportation and logistics industries, using accurate and complete parking data to provide support for a range of services, from parking for car rental customers and holidaymakers, to creating greater efficiencies for last-mile delivery drivers.

    Hans Puvogel, COO of Parkopedia, commented: “Our parking information will provide an integral part of Sunny Cars’ extensive, ‘all-round carefree package’. Travellers utilising Sunny Cars’ services, typically have the greatest demand for local knowledge and support for services such as parking whilst on their journeys, so we are pleased we can help ensure positive customer experiences. As part of the continued expansion of our parking services, we are confident that our market-leading accurate and complete parking data will support an even greater number of drivers globally and we are actively welcoming further integrations from mobility companies and the associated industries.”

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

Media Contact

Laura Biss
Product Communications Manager Parkopedia
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Parkopedia joins the Navigation Data Standard Association to drive a globally standardized format for automotive-grade indoor navigation

February 15, 2022

 

 

Parkopedia joins the Navigation Data Standard Association to drive a globally standardized format for automotive-grade indoor navigation

 

 

 

  • ●  NDS provides global standards and a shared IP space for the automotive industry, enabling the network combination of map and sensor data required for advanced driving automation
  • ●  Parkopedia’s award-winning integrated connected services provide detailed information on over 70 million parking spaces in 89 countries, helping drivers to find, reserve and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls via their in-car infotainment system
  • ●  Parkopedia’s indoor mapping service helps drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to available parking spaces and EV chargers indoors, without GPS requirements15 February 2022 – London, UK

    Parkopedia, the global leader in connected vehicle services, has joined the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association, the worldwide standard for map data in automotive ecosystems.

    The NDS Association aims to provide a leading worldwide map standard for automotive-grade use which can be widely used in the navigation industry and be globally adopted by leading suppliers of navigation maps, as well as being interoperable between navigation platforms and deliver ‘live’, up-to-date maps. To support the adoption of the navigation standard and reach its goals, NDS supports projects by providing tools and support, while constantly developing the technical standards involved and growing the association.

    Parkopedia’s innovative data collection technology includes proprietary software, computer vision and AI to provide detailed parking information such as cost, opening hours, parking restrictions and EV charger status, for more than 70 million parking spaces in 89 countries. Staff, including PhD researchers, carry out modelling research to create the company’s dynamic service, which predicts real-time parking or charger availability at the driver’s estimated time of arrival, while an integrated payment platform allows drivers to pay for parking, as well as EV charging, fuelling and tolls, all via a single sign-on account through their vehicle’s infotainment screen.

    Parkopedia also creates high-definition indoor parking maps and the associated technology to enable map-based end-to-end navigation within parking facilities and accurate indoor service locating, such as EV charging stations, as well as Automated Valet Parking (AVP) in the future – all without GPS requirements.

    The navigation experience for drivers currently ends at the entrance of any indoor or underground parking facility due to the lack of GPS. Parkopedia’s indoor mapping service provides both the navigation and localisation data needed for connected and automated services, such as next-generation driver convenience, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) services.

In 2020, Parkopedia successfully demonstrated AVP with HD maps of indoor car parks using vision-based localisation techniques based on artificial landmarks (fiducial markers). Now, the company uses natural landmarks to guide drivers to the most likely available parking spot, as well as minimising the overall journey time by optimising a multi-modal route and enabling navigation to ‘hidden’ EV charging stations and find-my-car applications.

Localisation of vehicles within indoor parking facilities also allows for more than just parking. Industries such as car-sharing and repurposing of sections of the car park for multi-usage, covering green last-mile delivery networks, ghost kitchens, and E-commerce applications, such as straight-to-trunk delivery, will thrive with the mass introduction of indoor localisation.

Martin Schleicher, Chairman of the NDS Association, said: “A global and well-adopted map data standard is essential to collaboratively drive innovation and share data securely and reliably. We are delighted that Parkopedia is now on board to achieve this important goal as we move towards the mobility of the future.”

Dr. Brian Holt, CTO at Parkopedia, added: “Every car journey begins and ends with parking. Parkopedia’s services can help minimize driving time, costs, hassle, and worry. At the same time, parking remains a critical element of in-car navigation systems, therefore, parking remains a top priority within the NDS Association. Unfortunately, the current navigation experience ends at the entrance to parking facilities, leaving drivers short of their intended end destination. Parkopedia’s HD maps will extend the navigation experience indoors, and provide the bridge to autonomous parking and its associated benefits in the future.”

Parkopedia’s HD maps will now comply with NDS global specifications, such as data model, storage format, interfaces and protocols, allowing for simple adoption by automakers for in-car navigation, ADAS and e-horizon safety systems, and, as a member of the NDS Association, Parkopedia can now make use of NDS tooling, and technologies in all upcoming parking and charging innovation projects.

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

About NDS

NDS (Navigation Data Standard) is the worldwide standard for map data in automotive eco-systems. It offers a well-defined spec for map data supporting automated driving, ADAS, and navigation allowing flexibility for customized user experiences. The NDS specification covers data model, storage format, interfaces, and protocols. NDS.Live is the most recent specification ensuring interoperability of applications, maps, and services, one of the key objectives of NDS. It also offers flexibility in terms of data management and deployment. NDS.Live covers the specification for standard and HD map data models allowing a combination with services via APIs for automated driving, ADAS, and navigation.

NDS evolves with the market needs because it is designed for the automotive industry, by the automotive industry. NDS maps work worldwide covering North America, EMEA, and APAC – including China, South Korea, and Japan. NDS Association has currently 43 members: Automotive OEMs, system and solution vendors, as well as map data suppliers. A data standardization such as NDS creates broad consensus in the industry supported by the best engineers and experts.

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Parkopedia partners with Passport to expand its parking payment services in North America

February 09, 2022

Parkopedia partners with Passport to expand its parking payment services in North America

  • Passport’s on-street parking payment services to be integrated into Parkopedia’s payment platform

  • The partnership will enable drivers to make on-demand parking payments via their vehicle’s infotainment screen in more than 800 towns across North America

London, UK / North Carolina, US

Parkopedia, the leading parking data provider in the US, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Passport, a leading digital platform provider for managing transportation and software payments in cities across the US and Canada. The partnership will enable Parkopedia to expand parking payments via its integrated in-car payment platform across Passport’s 5,000 locations in 800 towns nationwide.

Passport’s platform is currently used by cities, agencies and universities, including locations of Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and Miami, to power their mobility operations. The platform enables clients to manage their parking rates and rules in a single system of record and gain insights from their payment data to more efficiently manage on-street activity.

Passport’s payment API will integrate seamlessly into Parkopedia’s integrated in-car payment platform, which allows drivers to pay for both on and off-street parking, as well EV charging, tolls and ‘pay-at-the-pump’ fueling, all via the vehicle’s infotainment screen. The platform solves the time-consuming and expensive task of aggregating a large number of service suppliers and payment providers for automakers, uniting them into a single integrated solution. Its unique Single Sign-On feature removes the need for drivers to register for multiple accounts, enabling a complete and seamless user experience for drivers.

Anthony Michael Ibrahim, Director of Business Development and Partnerships in North America at Parkopedia, said: “We are delighted to partner with Passport, increasing our payment platform’s parking coverage across North America. As providers of cutting edge driver convenience technology, Passport and Parkopedia are working together to provide positive user experiences for all involved in the mobility industry, including automakers, drivers, municipalities and facilities owners.”

Henry Bowe, Director of Product Partnerships at Passport, commented: “Our partnership with Parkopedia will allow drivers to benefit from convenient parking payment technology via their in-car infotainment screens. By delivering a seamless parking experience for drivers, we provide our clients with the tools needed to continually update and improve the parking payment process within their cities and facilities.”

Parkopedia was recently named the leading parking data provider in the US, according to a Ground Truth Testing study carried out by established independent automotive analysts, Strategy Analytics in December 2021. The study compared static parking data between three of the leading parking data providers in North America. To view the full report, please visit business.parkopedia.com/strategy-analytics.

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

About Passport

Passport is a transportation software and payments company that builds technology to more efficiently manage streets and sidewalks. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is trusted by more than 800 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Miami. Passport’s digital platform helps cities manage parking and mobility infrastructure, creating more livable, equitable communities. One of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists, Passport was also named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020. Passportinc.com

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Allison Guthrie

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passport@greenbrier.partners

Parkopedia launches ‘Park and Charge’ product to unify the fragmented public charging for EV drivers globally

December 09, 2021

 

 

Parkopedia launches ‘Park and Charge’ product to unify the fragmented public charging for EV drivers globally

 

 

  • ●  Parkopedia brings together interconnected parking and charging technologies to transform the EV driver experience, starting in Europe and North America
  • ●  ‘Park and Charge’ eliminates current driver pain points by combining high-quality EV charger static and dynamic data with existing in-vehicle payment technology and indoor navigation, allowing drivers to find EV chargers accurately without requiring GPS signal
  • ●  Fully integrated, PCI compliant payment platform with single sign-on capabilities, provides automakers with a comprehensive EV charging payment solution across major providers
  • ●  Adam Woolway, EV charging industry pioneer, announced as the new ‘Head of EV’ at Parkopedia as the business aims to accelerate the expansion of its EV products globally

     

     

     

    London, UK: The EV industry continues to grow substantially, and automakers are under pressure to provide solutions for the many pain points EV drivers are currently experiencing when trying to utilise global public charging infrastructure.

    In response to this, Parkopedia wants to transform the combined parking and charging experience for EV owners with the launch of ‘Park and Charge’ – leveraging existing expertise, technologies and data-management skills within the company, to deliver the most comprehensive and accurate charging service available. EV owners would be able to accurately find, authorise, pay and manage charging sessions with ease, all in one place from within their vehicles.

    Growing EV Charging Requirements

    EV sales in the top three automotive markets – China, the US and Europe, increased by 160% in the first half of this year to 2.6 million units, representing 26% of new sales in the global automotive market, however, poor public fast-charging infrastructure is currently a barrier for full EV adoption due to range anxiety. As many as one-third of potential EV owners would not be able to charge their vehicles at home and will be relying solely on the heavily fragmented public charging network.

    70% of drivers are now considering an EV as their next vehicle, and 250 new models of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) will be introduced by automakers within the next two years. The EU recommended target of one public charging point for every 10 EVs1 has spurred an initial investment of €1.8 billion to implement the 1.3 million charging stations needed by 2025, rising to 2.9 million by 2030.

    In the US, the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and help establish a nationwide EV charging infrastructure. The goal of 500,000 chargers nationwide by 2030 will potentially triple the number of charging stations currently available across the country.

    McKinsey2 also estimates that as much as $110-180 billion must be invested this decade to satisfy global demand for EV charging stations, however, the number of available chargers is only one barrier to entry, with poor perception of the usability of public charging infrastructure being another.

    Solving EV Driver Pain Points

    Parking and charging are interconnected experiences – a car must be parked to charge. Only a solution that successfully combines both services can create the complete user experience required by drivers.

    With an existing database of 70 million parking spaces globally, Parkopedia’s high quality data will provide a unique and comprehensive service of parking and charging. The new Park and Charge service offers automakers a solution for their drivers that addresses the current driver pain points surrounding public charging, such as:

    • ●  Finding EV charger locations using market-leading, accurate POI data, including chargers located within inside indoor facilities without GPS*
    • ●  Enabling in-vehicle EV charger activation, regardless of service provider
    • ●  Enabling in-vehicle EV charging payments, regardless of provider, as well as comprehensive reporting and billing systems

      As the largest and most accurate parking services provider in the world, Parkopedia is leveraging its expertise and data management skills to deliver the most comprehensive and accurate EV charging service available. Supported by the company’s existing technologies, such as its market-leading static and dynamic parking data products, indoor mapping services and Payment Platform. Park and Charge caters for the growing number of electric vehicles and the charging demands this will bring, into one easy to use interface. Park and Charge is able to bring together the current highly fragmented parking and charging value chain that brings friction to drivers, by utilising its interconnected products:

    • ●  Static data provides comprehensive parking and EV charger POI information including location, pricing and restrictions
    • ●  Dynamic data provides current and predictive parking and charger availability, delivered in real-time
    • ●  Payments via a secure PCI compliant platform that enables Single Sign-On payments for parking and EV charging

    ● High-definition 3D maps of indoor parking facilities enable cars to navigate to indoor EV chargers where GPS is not available

    By utilising existing assets, as well as aggregating industry players, such as Charge Point Operators (CPOs) and E-Mobility Service Providers (EMSPs), Parkopedia’s integrated in-car solution bridges the disconnect between parking and charging industries and services – overcoming the barriers to enable frictionless parking and charging in-car experiences for drivers.

    Data

    Live traffic and parking data is now a standard driver requirement for connected vehicles. Parkopedia leads the market in digital parking data services, with products and services used by millions of drivers around the world every day, choosing their ideal parking from 70 million spaces across 15,000 cities and 89 countries. By using innovative data collection technology, including proprietary software, computer vision and AI, as well as establishing key partnerships to expand coverage and maintain itsdata accuracy, Parkopedia is able to provide automakers with an unrivalled data set. Its cutting edge modelling research is also able to predict parking space, and EV charger availability, accurately, regardless of the existing infrastructure.

    Integrated Activation and Payments

    The global leader in digital parking services, Parkopedia first launched in-car parking payments in 2014 in partnership with Volvo, and, earlier this year, announced a payment platform to include a wider range of vehicle-centric, such as ‘pay-at-the-pump’ fuelling, tolling fees and now, EV charging payments.

    By aggregating the multitude of merchants involved in EV charging, Parkopedia saves automakers a costly and time-consuming exercise, while its Single Sign-On platform capability eliminates the existing barriers to entry, such as the need to swipe a card to unlock a charging station, delivering a heightened level of connected service to drivers and simplifying management for automakers.

    Parkopedia’s transaction platform, currently in use by various leading automakers, can now be leveraged to include EV charging, bringing together the fragmented landscape and solving the current complex pricing structure via Parkopedia’s fully integrated, single sign-on, PCI compliant platform.

    EV Charging Value Chain

    Parkopedia’s Park and Charge solution unifies the complicated existing value chain, bringing together charge point operators (CPOs) and E-mobility service providers (EMSPs), to deliver a frictionless EV experience for drivers. Parkopedia allows automakers to access CPO EV point of interest (POI) data, charging detail records (CDR), and support driver transactions with EMSPs.

    With new entrants regularly joining the already complicated value chain, Parkopedia will continue to onboard new operators and merchants into its aggregated solution, providing a time-saving and future-proof solution for automakers.

    Adam Woolway joins Parkopedia to lead EV products

    As of December 1st, EV industry veteran, Adam Woolway, has joined Parkopedia as the new ‘Head of EV’. Previously Adam co-founded Plugsurfing, an app that empowers electric vehicle drivers to find and pay for charging at more than 250,000 points across Europe. Acquired by Fortum in 2018, it is one of the largest EV charging and payment services in the region. Most recently, Adam Woolway has been the CEO of Alluto, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Luxoft, focusing on redefining automotive operating systems and in-car entertainment.

    As a leader in digital mobility solutions and a pioneer for the EV charging industry, Mr. Woolway continues to be a driving force in electrifying the mobility industry in Europe. At Parkopedia, Adam will lead the business’ EV efforts in charging POI data and payments on a global scale. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Woolway added: “I am thrilled to join Parkopedia for the launch of its Park and Charge product which should complement their existing market-leading connected-car products and services. To be at the forefront of a major paradigm shift towards electrification that is happening in our lifetime is an honour for me, and I am looking forward to the challenge. I am confident the work that Parkopedia is doing in this area will greatly improve the lives of the next generation and greatly assist the transition for automakers and drivers to EVs.”

    Eugene Tsyrklevich, Founder and CEO of Parkopedia, said: “Adam shares Parkopedia’s passion to unify the highly fragmented EV charging industry and apply a leading standardisation to the charging process, enabling a frictionless user experience for drivers. Adam’s knowledge of the industry and his experience of aggregating charging point operators, through to delivering a successful user interface at Plugsurfing, makes him the ideal candidate to lead our EV initiatives.

    Our current, award-winning and market-leading parking data and payment services means we are ideally situated within the industry to tackle the huge task of simplifying the EV charging network for drivers. With Park and Charge, we have created a service that not only solves the pain points for existing EV drivers, but provides automakers with the necessary elements to entice further drivers into electric vehicles.”

    For more details on Parkopedia’s Park and Charge service or to contact the team, please visit https://business.parkopedia.com/park-and-charge

    About Parkopedia:

    Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuel and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

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Parkopedia partners with INDIGO Group’s OPnGO to strengthen parking reservation and payment services in Europe

November 11, 2021

 

Parkopedia partners with INDIGO Group’s OPnGO to strengthen parking reservation and payment services in Europe

 

 

 

●  OPnGO’s services will be integrated into Parkopedia’s consumer applications as well as in-car solutions for automakers, enabling drivers to make parking reservations and payments via the vehicle’s infotainment screen

●  OPnGO provides digital frontend services for the INDIGO Group, one of Europe’s largest parking operators

●  Service launched for 220 car parks in France, Spain and Belgium, before being rolled out across the entire INDIGO network

 

London, UK / Puteaux, France: Parkopedia, the market leader in connected vehicle services, is now working with OPnGO, the digital subsidiary of INDIGO Group, one of Europe’s largest parking operators, and a world leader in parking and individual mobility services, to provide seamless in-car parking reservation and payment services across France, Spain and Belgium.

OPnGO is a universal digital parking service that aims to transform the driver experience in urban areas by aggregating a complete off-street parking offer. With a location-based service that automatically detects parking areas, OPnGO allows drivers to find parking spaces, compare prices, prepay and obtain unique discounts.

With number plate recognition technology, drivers will be able to seamlessly enter and exit car parks without requiring a ticket or needing to stop at a pay station. Drivers will also no longer need to worry about additional stay costs, as the solution allows digital payments for the total time of the stay, without requiring any further action from the driver.

Parkopedia has integrated OPnGO parking reservations in its consumer apps and in-car solutions for 220 car parks in France, Spain and Belgium, with services to be rolled out across the entire INDIGO portfolio shortly.

Pascale Bonnard, MD of OPnGO, said: “This partnership with Parkopedia will allow numerous drivers to benefit from our license plate recognition technology. They will have an easier and seamless parking experience while having access to all our parking services through in-car display, which guarantees a safer and easier experience.”

Hans Puvogel, COO of Parkopedia, said: “We are delighted to partner with leading service provider OPnGO of The INDIGO Group, together, we push forward the possibilities of individual mobility services, enabling automakers to deliver seamless user experiences and high value services to drivers in France, Spain and Belgium.”

Parkopedia strives to constantly expand its reach of products and services, through partnerships with services providers such as OPnGO, as well as working with the majority of automakers globally. To continue these developments, and in recognition of France’s position as the second largest car industry in Europe, Parkopedia has launched a dedicated French B2B website, to support existing, and future, clients and partners based in French speaking countries, by providing the latest news and product updates. The new website can be found at: business.parkopedia.com/fr.

 

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

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Parkopedia
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