Real-time information that helps you find free parking spots is now a reality: the innovative ParkHere sensors detect parking spots and provide users with their occupancy information through apps and navigation systems. Drivers can therefore know where exactly the next available parking spot is located. 30% of the traffic in cities is currently caused by drivers looking for a parking spot, with ParkHere’s innovative system this ecological damage can be mitigated.

Mayor Lösel visited together with Ingolstadt’s town counsils the young company on February 18th, 2016 and was enthused by the sensor technology.

Ingolstadt is becoming, with ParkHere’s help, the first city in Bavaria to provide its citizens with real-time information about available parking spots.

The high-tech Startup will install sensors in two different areas of the city. These sensors bring new opportunities and possibilities to the parking industry, as users can easily locate through their navigation system the available parking spots. The sensors don’t need batteries and have a lifespan of at least 25 years. Cities and communities benefit of the system as the traffic is dramatically reduced and thus the pollution is diminished. Similar projects have taken place in North American cities and reduced the time drivers dedicated to searching parking spot in about 43%.

After the successful test project between this Munich’s Startup and Park&Ride München GmbH, where the sensors were implemented and tested in a P+R area, the city of Ingolstadt decided to start a project of his own with this technology. The sensors will be installed in the coming months in the downtown area, specifically in the streets of Schrannerstr. and Mauthstraße. There, the ultrathin embedded floor sensors will detect whether a parking spot is free or occupied by a car.

The sensors need neither batteries nor electrical power: the pressure the wheel of the vehicle exerts on the sensor is enough to generate an electric impulse, which is sent to the Base Station that collects the availability data of the different parking spots. This information is then sent to ParkHere’s server, who forwards it to navigation systems providers that integrate this information on their productso that users can navigate even more efficiently.

This patented energy harvesting technology does not need maintenance and runs reliably for more than 25 years. Because of this, the sensors could be the solution to a jigsaw puzzle for many EV charging point operators: many vehicles park in front of the EV charging stations even though they are not using them. The suppliers have no easy way to avoid this, until now they could only figure out that a vehicle was parked in front of their EV charging station if it was simultaneously being charged or connected by cable to the charging pole. With the help of ParkHere charging point operators are now able to get real-time information about the availability of each parking spot.

The EV charging station located in Mauthstraße, in Ingolstadt, will profit from this pioneering system. The data will be provided by apps like Plugsurfing or LemNet. Furthermore ParkHere will also place sensors in the handicapped parking spots. After the test-phase the data will be free and available for all citizens, who will be able to access it through websites or navigation apps.