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  • Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    PayByPhone, the app that lets you pay for parking (and parking tickets) with a smartphone, has been acquired by Volkswagen Financial Services. PayByPhone is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and operates in Canada, the US, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Australia. In 2016, company processed $250 million in parking payments from 12.5 million users. Volkswagen Financial Services… Read More

  • The Barnacle means no more boots on your wheel

    The Barnacle means no more boots on your wheel

    The Barnacle is a new way for parking patrols to immobilize vehicles. Instead of using a boot to keep a wheel from moving, officers can slap a Barnacle across the windshield, suction it to the glass, and arm it with a keypad. The Barnacle is a bright yellow 20-pound piece of plastic that sticks to the windshield with 750 pounds of force. The parking enforcement officer only has to pump the… Read More

  • SpotHero is ready for the future of autonomous parking

    SpotHero is ready for the future of autonomous parking

    SpotHero is not new to the on-demand parking game. It raised $2.5 million in 2012, and another $20 million in Series B funding in 2015. This for a service that allows drivers to prepay for a parking space in a garage via app before the car ever leaves the driveway. “You can reserve a spot for three hours or three days,” said SpotHero co-founder and CEO Mark Lawrence, “and you… Read More

  • Fixed, the app that helps you fight tickets, gets acquired by a law firm

    Fixed, the app that helps you fight tickets, gets acquired by a law firm

    Sometimes the government, not the startup, wins. Case in point: Fixed, the company that began as a tool to help drivers fight their parking tickets through the use technology, has been acquired. Fixed had struggled to get cities to accept its submissions, having faced everything from being blocked from cities’ ticket websites to agencies simply unplugging their fax machine so… Read More

  • Meter Feeder lets you ditch coins and codes, pay for parking with GPS

    Meter Feeder lets you ditch coins and codes, pay for parking with GPS

    Parking tickets actually earn cities less money than when people pay the meters like they should. The problem is that even new meters that let you pay by phone or credit are such a hassle that people don’t use them — and hope they don’t get caught. But Y Combinator startup Meter Feeder has built a way to pay for parking that is easier for citizens, cheaper for cities and… Read More

  • ParkWhiz Acquires BestParking, Announces $24M Raise

    ParkWhiz Acquires BestParking, Announces $24M Raise

    On-demand parking apps may not be the most glamorous of startups; they’re mainly all about access. In addition to announcing its largest raise to date, ParkWhiz announced an acquisition today that will bring its customers, particularly those in the New York market, even greater access Read More

  • Ford Launches New Programs To Make Driving And Car Ownership Less Of A Hassle

    Ford Launches New Programs To Make Driving And Car Ownership Less Of A Hassle

    Ford announced a number of new initiatives today that all aim to make driving and owning a car a little bit easier for Ford and non-Ford drivers alike. At the core of these new programs is FordPass — which at first glance looks like it’s an OnHub on steroids (with an additional smartphone app). Among other things, this program will let you call so-called FordGuides for help with… Read More

  • Inrix Buys ParkMe To Add Smart Parking Services To Its Real Time Traffic Data

    Inrix Buys ParkMe To Add Smart Parking Services To Its Real Time Traffic Data

    Inrix, a startup out of Washington that provides real-time traffic and other data to car companies like BMW and Tesla, tech companies like Samsung and Google, and 400 other enterprises, has made an acquisition to expand the features that it offers to its users. It has bought ParkMe, a startup out of Santa Monica that offers “smart parking” services to users, including finding… Read More

  • Anagog Raises $1M To Help Drivers Find Street Parking With Real-Time, Crowdsourced Data

    Anagog Raises $1M To Help Drivers Find Street Parking With Real-Time, Crowdsourced Data

    One of the best decisions I ever made was to get rid of my car. The thing that really drove me over the edge? The constant search for parking, particularly in big cities, and the parking tickets that can pile up as a result. Israeli startup Anagog is trying to tackle that problem with real-time crowdsourced data. The company is announcing today that it’s going into beta testing and that… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Remember Where You Parked Your Car

    Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Remember Where You Parked Your Car

    Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that could indicate some additional functionality it’s building for its automotive-focused mobile features – the tech described offers a way for your iPhone to automatically record where you park your car, and then provide directions back to the vehicle, even if you have only intermittent GPS signal or any cell reception. The… Read More

  • SF Sends Cease-And-Desist To Apps Selling Public Parking Spots

    SF Sends Cease-And-Desist To Apps Selling Public Parking Spots

    Turns out you’re not allowed to rent away public property like parking spots as if you owned them. Parking app Monkey Parking received a cease-and-desist order today from San Francisco’s City Attorney, which has also asked Apple to remove it from the App Store for violating local law. Two other apps Sweetch and ParkModo were also warned they’d receive C&Ds. The… Read More

  • Parking Panda’s Parking Spot Rentals Service Launches In San Francisco And On iPhone

    Parking Panda’s Parking Spot Rentals Service Launches In San Francisco And On iPhone

    Parking Panda, the startup that lets individuals rent out their unused parking spaces and allows garages to discount their lots during slow periods, is now available as a mobile application. The app currently supports a parking finder function in 25 cities, plus parking rentals in the service’s early markets of Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as new additions San Francisco and… Read More

  • Mobile Parking Service Pango Makes Official U.S. Debut With New App, “Smart Garage” In NYC

    Mobile Parking Service Pango Makes Official U.S. Debut With New App, “Smart Garage” In NYC

    Anyone who’s ever driven in a city can attest to the fact that it’s an utter pain in the rear to find somewhere to park. New York in particular is a nightmare for skittish drivers (like myself), but mobile parking service Pango is poised to help ease the hassle of city cruising and parking. After launching in Israel in 2007, their zeal for expansion has prompted Pango to take… Read More

  • Free Parking: Black Hat conference attacks electronic parking meters

    As we move farther and farther into the digital age, we begin to see some serious problems with an all-digital lifestyle. Take parking meters, for example. As much as a pain as it is to root under your car seat looking for loose change to feed the meter, there aren’t too many ways to avoid actually putting money into a traditional meter. (Or maybe there are. I haven’t bothered… Read More

  • UK's Park Let launches a free parking space price-guide tool

    Now this is something that I’d like to see in the US considering that so many of us are paying ridiculous prices for our parking spaces. Park Let, the UK’s largest parking space letting agent, launched an online parking space price-guide tool today. It is the first real-time, location-specific tool available in the UK. Read More

  • Open parking spaces? Check your smartphone

    Nice work, San Francisco. Nice work. This fall, San Francisco will be testing a system of 4-inch by 4-inch mesh-networked bumps glued to 25% of the city’s parking spaces. The bumps will be linked to various wireless networks, which will relay parking information to a smartphone-friendly website and nearby street signs. So instead of driving around the block 15 times, you’ll be able… Read More

  • NYC's Robotic Parking Garage

    The Big Apple is catching on to the increasingly high demand for more parking and is solving the problem in Chinatown with robots. Automotion Parking Systems will be opening the first automatic, robotic parking garage in NYC next month. The garage will have only one attendant available to take cash payments and to explain the system to new users. Costing about $400 a month or $25 per day, a… Read More