SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sept. 1, 2011 – Streetline, Inc. today announced that it has partnered with BestParking.com to bring data for an additional 7,000 parking facilities to users of Parker™, the leading real-time consumer parking app for smartphones and compatible tablets.
With this announcement, users of Parker will not only be able to search for real time availability of parking in select cities where Parker is currently available, motorists will now also have access to parking data – such as location and hours – for parking facilities in an additional 30 cities and 78 airports across the U.S. including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Data from BestParking.com will be available in Parker in the next few weeks.
“Parking is one of those universal challenges everyone can relate to,” said Benjamin Sann, founder and CEO of BestParking.com. “We are pleased to partner with Streetline to bring parking data for the more than 7,000 BestParking.com parking locations to Parker, making it even easier for motorists find the cheapest and most convenient places to park.”
“Parker for iPhone and Android offers useful features that make navigating to your next parking spot much faster and easier than ever before,” said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. “Streetline is a pioneer in modernizing parking, and with Parker we have introduced a fully integrated consumer smart parking platform that helps consumers find and pay for available parking. We’re pleased to add 30 new U.S. cities and 78 airports to Parker through this relationship with BestParking.com.”
Streetline is revolutionizing how cities reduce congestion and emissions by tackling a key, but often overlooked, source: drivers searching for parking. Experts estimate that 30 percent of urban traffic is caused by motorists looking for parking. Additionally, vehicle emissions resulting from drivers looking for parking are so closely linked that a year-long study found that drivers in a 15 block district in Los Angeles drove in excess of 950,000 miles, produced 730 tons of carbon dioxide and used 47,000 gallons of gas searching for parking. [*Based on 2007 study by Professor Donald Shoup, University of California, Los Angeles]
By accessing real-time parking availability via Parker, motorists can quickly and easily find and pay for available parking based on location, time limit, and price, while significantly decrease emissions produced while searching for the perfect parking spot.
Streetline’s patented smart parking platform detects the presence of a car through a network of ultra-low power wireless sensors located in individual parking spaces. By downloading Parker onto a smartphone or compatible tablet, consumers can access real-time parking availability – with icons noting more than four spaces available (plenty of parking), more than two spaces available (some parking), or less than two spaces available (limited parking). The app also delivers information about parking space time limits, pricing, whether meters take credit cards or coins, and space capacity for select off-street parking facilities including structures and lots.
With the addition of parking data from BestParking.com, users of Parker will have access to parking data for an additional 7,000 parking facilities for more than 30 cities and 78 airports across the U.S. For these additional locations, motorists will have the ability to search for parking by neighborhood, address, cross street, or attraction. Details for each facility will include location, capacity and hours.
BestParking.com is a free parking-decision engine that steers drivers towards the cheapest and most convenient parking facilities in 42 cities and 79 airports across North America. Over 250,000 motorists rely on BestParking each month to easily compare the hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly rates at over 7,000 parking facilities, thereby saving hundreds of dollars on parking.
The largest parking operators in the nation have partnered with BestParking.com to offer guaranteed rates, reservations, coupons, monthly specials, and exclusive deals directly to the site’s users. BestParking’s “Parking Partners” include Central Parking System, Standard Parking, Edison ParkFast, Icon Parking Systems, Quik Park, and other major operators. BestParking.com is a member of The National Parking Association.
About Streetline, Inc.
Streetline’s mission is to make smart cities a reality through the use of sensor-enabled mobile and web applications. As the leading global provider of smart parking solutions for cities, airports, universities, private garages, and consumers, Streetline’s pioneering technology connects citizens with critical information to improve the way they live and work, while making cities more efficient and lessening their environmental impact.
Streetline is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. with smart parking deployments in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington D.C. The Company was recently named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation, as well as IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year.
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