When for example a city is looking into a new online service, there are two ways to go. While RFP is a good solution in certain markets, there’s a bunch of reasons why free competition works much better for high tech online services.
Accessibility is key when it comes to urban city planning. The two factors that comprise accessibility are distance and mobility - people want to go to places, and they want them to either be close by, or reachable as fast and as effortlessly as possible. When this can be achieved with minimal ecological and economic burden, it is possible to arrive very close to ideal city planning. It is only natural that combining physical and information infrastructure is at the heart of improving accessibility.
Mobile parking has been around for about 10-15 years, so why don’t mobile payments dominate the parking market yet?
Much of the discussion around parking focuses on the user and his parking experience, however, that is only half of the equation when solving today’s parking problems. Another big issue that the parking industry faces in transitioning to an online parking environment is enforcement. Today’s enforcement practices are widely inconsistent and inefficient.
“An actual or nominal place where forces of demand and supply operate, and where buyers and sellers interact (directly or through intermediaries) to trade goods, services, or contracts or instruments, for money or barter.”
The parking industry is notorious for one thing: parking fines.
Whenever you’re looking for a parking space, there is the ever-present element of distress: “can I leave my car here?” or “how long am I allowed to park for?” There's always the prospect of getting fined - and it feels like a punishment. Could there be another way?
The world has been introduced to quite a few “mobile first” companies revolutionizing their respective industries throughout the past 10 years. The most obvious example is Uber, which has turned the taxi industry inside out. Other industries have seem similar mobile revolutions, however, the parking industry has not changed.