If you haven’t got your own parking spot at home or in work, finding a place to leave your car can be a hassle, as you drive around in the hope of finding a free space that won’t cost the earth.
That’s where Parkpnp comes in. An Irish innovation founded by Longford entrepreneur Garret Flowers, it was developed to provide access to cheaper and more convenient parking around the globe, and offers “a marketplace which allows people to rent out their parking spaces to make money.”
Drivers can rent spaces hourly, daily or monthly, saving on average – according to Parkpnp – 50-70%. If you’re driving into Dublin city for a spot of shopping, and you’re a little unsure if you’ll find a parking spot nearby, you can simply browse for a spot online and prebook it in advance.
Flowers recently told Silicon Republic that the idea was sparked while driving his first car around Ranelagh last year in the search for an elusive parking space. “Like with any good technology, it’s intuitive. The app opens up to a map of your location with pointers to all available parking spaces. One click on the pointer gives you information about the space and the second click has it booked. It’s literally that simple,” he said.
At time of press, options in Dublin ranged from €10 per day outside Strandville House in Clontarf to €120 per month for a spot on Castle Street in Dublin 2.
“Our vision is to bring parking into the next era. We want to make parking easier for both parking providers and parking users,” the company states. “Additionally we want to decrease congestion in city centres, lower carbon emissions by reducing driving time, and expand the international market for parking to solve parking shortages worldwide.”
Parkopedia is another helpful tool for parking. Simply enter your destination, arrival and departure times and a map will pop up, highlighting public parking spots and the cost to park your car for the duration of your trip, as well as the opening and closing hours.