The PARK NOW Group, formerly known as the Parkmobile Group, announced as Overall Innovation Award Winner at Intertraffic 2018.
The unique partnership of the PARK NOW’s in-dash parking payments and BMW’s On-Street Parking Information (OSPI) system has won the Smart Mobility Award at Intertraffic, the world’s largest traffic technology exhibition. The solution was also honoured with the Overall Winner accolade from the five categories.
The announcement was made in the presence of HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje and Mrs Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, and the overall winner was chosen from a total of well over 60 entrants by an expert jury.
ParkNow’s payments and BMW’s OSPI feature combine to deliver a world first for drivers – no parking pain. OSPI forecasts space availability based on historic traffic flows, meter data and transactions from parking apps. Colour-coding on the navigation map shows the likelihood of finding a free spot. Payment is fast and simple via PARK NOW in the dashboard.
The Judging Panel who awarded the honour were “…particularly impressed with the level of system integration into the dashboard of the vehicle, doing away with the need for running separate smartphone apps – a point that was judged not only to improve efficiency and convenience but also, importantly, safety. The Group also impressed with its dynamic pricing system which was entered in the Parking category – The Urban Mobility Control Management Hub (Paris).”
Jury member Ben Rutten of Eindhoven University of Technology, commented, “PARK NOW and BMW’s OSPI will result in a hassle-free last mile, as well as reducing distances driven, resulting in cleaner cities and less congested roads.”
Marc de Vries, CEO of the Group, says, “We are always pushing forward the parking agenda with innovative new developments for our service and, in tandem with our shareholder BMW, it’s a wonderful achievement to be recognised as Overall Innovation Winner at this most prestigious traffic technology exhibition.”
ParkNow’s cashless payments combine perfectly with BMW’s OSPI service. First launched with the BMW 5 Series (and now available in all new BMW models*), OSPI cleverly forecasts space availability based on a variety of data sources. The integration of these systems within the dashboard is a major step forward in mobility, and the savings in time, emissions and stress will produce significant benefits for cities, the environment and drivers.
“It’s great to have won two awards at consecutive Intertraffic events, but being judged as the single best overall submission this year is the icing on the cake. We have a very smart team who develop new ways to make travel easier for people. I’d like to thank them and challenge them to come back next time with another winning product!”
The PARK NOW Group
The history of the PARK NOW Group begins in 2000 with phone parking in the Netherlands, since when the business has grown to be the world’s leading provider of on-demand mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. We make life easier and parking smarter for over 22 million drivers worldwide, while at the same time helping over a 1.000 cities and operators to free up streets from congestion.
The Group is proudly represented by the following brands: PARK NOW, Parkmobile, Park-line and RingGo. In 2018 the Group name changed from Parkmobile to PARK NOW to reflect the brand that is spearheading expansion into new territories. The PARK NOW Group is 100% owned by the BMW Group.
About Intertraffic Worldwide Events
Since the launch of its Amsterdam event in 1972, the Intertraffic name has become synonymous with the leading global industry platforms for smart mobility, infrastructure, traffic management, road safety, and parking. Intertraffic events are staged in the Netherlands, Turkey, China, Mexico and Indonesia, offering comprehensive overviews of the very latest products, services and total solutions offered by suppliers, while also showcasing innovative industry-wide trends and developments. Intertraffic is intended for policymakers, specialists and operational personnel from government authorities, engineering consultancies, and the industry at large. More information is available on www.intertraffic.com. The Intertraffic brand is part of the event portfolio of RAI Amsterdam.
*Available in all BMW models built after November 2016 with the option package: Navigation Professional and ConnectedDrive Services.