What we're about to tell you won't be anything new: Searching for a parking space wastes valuable time that would be better spent over a coffee and a piece of cake with friends. But did you know that a solution is just around the corner? The cloud-based AIPARK app from a startup of the same name aims to use a dynamic map to show where the closest free parking spaces are, thus putting an end to the frustrating search for a suitable spot. In fact, this solution for saving countless wasted hours has so much potential that it has been nominated for the CEBIT Innovation Award 2018, which is being presented jointly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Deutsche Messe AG.
However, the cloud-based AIPARK app doesn't just reveal nearby free parking spaces, it also calculates the probability of actually bagging that free spot. Using real-time data from more than five million smartphones, AIPARK aims to provide its users with wide-ranging data compared to rival products. It is also designed to use artificial intelligence to evaluate and process long-term data such as traffic signal, traffic and weather information to predict parking availability. According to AIPARK, its pool of data incorporates some 60 million parking spaces, including the opening times of parking garages. To ensure even more information can be offered, the app is also to feature a direct feedback option for parking spaces, so that users can log their own personal experiences. The team at AIPARK, a spin-off from Technische Universität Braunschweig, is already planning to venture into other European markets. It is also looking to establish collaborations with automotive companies so that it can play a part in developing autonomous driving.