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Ask Alexa to help you park

Alexa-enabled devices can draw on multiple open data sources to tell drivers how long they can park and what parking rules apply

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Alexa-enabled devices can help advise on parking in cities. Photo: Parkbob
Alexa-enabled devices can help advise on parking in cities. Photo: Parkbob

Austrian start-up, Parkbob, has joined forces with Amazon to use its Alexa virtual assistant to help drivers park in major US cities.

 

The Parking Made Easy skill for Alexa was launched at the CES 2019 electronics show, which takes place in Las Vegas 8-11 January.

 

Alexa, am I allowed to park here?

 

Drivers can ask Alexa-enabled devices, including the Anker Roav, Garmin Speak and soon, Echo Auto, how long they can stay in their current parking spot or the location of the next multi-storey car park.

 

Customers must opt-in for Alexa to share their location data with the skill through the Alexa app. Initially, the skill supports 13 of the largest cities in the United States, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It plans to support locations in Europe, too, from the beginning of the second quarter of 2019.

“By using a combination of multiple open data sources we know with the highest level of precision which parking regulations apply where"

“By working with Amazon we have now reached the next milestone in our efforts to digitalise the ‘last mile’ of a car journey, namely finding a parking space,” said Christian Adelsberger, CEO and founder of Parkbob, which is part of the A1 Start Up Campus in Vienna.

 

“By using a combination of multiple open data sources we know with the highest level of precision which parking regulations apply where and can thus save drivers from unpleasant parking fines or even from having their vehicle towed away,”

 

By combining and digitally processing data from over 1,200 sources, such as open administrative data from local authorities, maps, satellite images, anonymous movement data from car-fleet navigation systems and parking space maps, Parkbob claims it can accurately identify the parking regulations governing any given parking space such as residents’ parking, loading area, short-term parking zones.

 

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