Kerbside management and smart parking firm AppyWay has announced the launch of its new Parking API, which aims to simplify how drivers and fleets find parking across the UK.
The launch of the API follows an upgrade to the company’s data-driven platform and successful mapping of parking restrictions for over 450 UK towns and cities, contributing to the creation of what the company claims is “the UK’s largest, standardised kerbside restriction dataset”.
AppyWay said it has created the new Parking API “to simplify what is often the complicated last part of a driver’s journey”.
According to the company, last year, UK drivers spent on average 149 hours stuck in congestion, costing the economy almost £7bn, in addition to a negative impact on air quality.
“The underlying problem is parking information, or as we like to call it, kerbside intelligence,” said AppyWay’s CEO and founder, Dan Hubert.
“It is difficult for drivers, job schedulers and fleet operators to get easy access to the parking information they need, when they need it.
“Our Parking API has been specially designed to be able to expose this level of insight, giving drivers something like a ‘parking sixth-sense’, helping them drive straight to the right space that suits their needs, quickly and safely.”
With high-definition coverage, AppyWay uses processes to aggregate, collect and refresh kerbside data, combining with it an advanced cost calculator engine to enable developers to build tailored solutions to meet a wide variety of use cases.
AppyWay said it sees the potential for the Parking API to be leveraged directly by businesses that operate fleets, or by their software partners, to increase route efficiency, reduce parking costs and minimise fines.
“Our API can be exploited at different stages of the planning or driving journey,” said AppyWay’s chief product officer, Stephen Jones.
“For example, schedulers can benefit from an integration into their job management software to solve the parking challenge before drivers embark on journeys to job locations.
“Our kerbside insights can be integrated directly into the in-car experience, with parking options presented on maps, enabling a dynamic, real-time solution for drivers.”
AppyWay’s Parking API is available for developers to build against, with a limited free trial available following a demonstration.
In other news, the company has appointed ex-Cisco UK & Ireland CEO Phil Smith to its board to serve as non-executive chairman.
According to Hubert, Smith will help accelerate the AppyWay’s sustainable mobility vision within the analogue kerbside and parking management industry.
“Phil has an impressive and illustrious background and I’m thrilled to add his expertise and experience to our board,” said Hubert.
“His enthusiasm for our vision combined with his impressive understanding of the market have already proved highly valuable to the company in several ways.
“I’m looking forward to working more closely with Phil as we look to supercharge our next phase of growth.”
Smith was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to technology, business, and skills.
Smith added: “The opportunity to revolutionise the way we understand, use and optimise our transport infrastructure around the world is exciting.
“AppyWay have already demonstrated their clear understanding of the key issues, challenges and opportunities with leading technologies and deep client engagement.
“I am looking forward to helping a talented and ambitious team do great things and to make a real difference to the world.”
Smith’s appointment follows recent AppyWay board additions; Amazon veteran Ron Kornfeld, and John Fogelin, AppyWay’s resident CTO and chief security officer.
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