Volume of traffic in cities


An incredible 30% of traffic volume in cities
arises because of the search for parking space. A single
search causes 1.3 kg of CO₂ to be emitted.

The parking space in your pocket

You're mine

You waste nine months of your life looking for parking spaces. That annoyance is finally over.

  • We don't need flying taxis or futuristic systems to shoot people through underground vacuum tubes to reinvent urban traffic. Sometimes a smart app is enough – for example, one that puts an end to bothersome parking space hunts once and for all. That's exactly what the new Park and Joy app does. The service, first launched in Hamburg in October 2017, helps you find and pay for parking spaces quickly and reliably.

    That's not just a giant leap for you, but also for all mankind: if everyone books their parking spaces with the app, it could theoretically cut urban traffic by an incredible 30 percent. That's how much is the result of people looking for parking spaces, according to a recent study by APCOA Parking. Germans have to drive an average of ten minutes to find a suitable space. Italians need 15. If we assume that we have to find a parking space once every day and multiply it by 60 years, it means we waste nearly nine months of our lives looking for parking spaces, cover a distance equivalent to nearly three laps around the earth, and pay a whopping 30,000 euros in travel costs – not counting inflation. And the worst thing about it: we burden the environment with nearly 29 tons of CO₂ – per person, mind you. But that will soon be a thing of the past.

What if your smartphone
guided you to the
next parking space?

  • How exactly will it work? - The new Park and Joy shows you where you are likely to find a parking space. The practical thing: in Hamburg, you can pay for parking on over 11,000 parking spaces with just two clicks in the app. The charges vary by location. A sticker on your windshield shows meter maids that you pay via Park and Joy. The next big step: starting in the summer of 2018, Park and Joy will guide you directly to the closest available park­ing space. To do so, the parking spaces are literally being connected to the Inter­net. Read more about this below. Follow­ing Hamburg's lead, the system is being expanded incrementally in the cities of Bonn, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Moers. More cities will follow.

This parking spot
is available

Better air quality
and less traffic
in the smart city

  • This innovation is a major blessing for the quality of life in the smart city. Reducing traffic improves air quality, lowering the effects of particulates, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide along with noise pollution. And without having to electrify traffic. It would be better if everyone rode bikes, of course, but it wouldn't be as convenient – and would be more danger­ous on slippery roads in the winter.

The future parking
space is connected
to the Internet

  • What are the technical innovations behind this system? - Parking spaces in the smart city are literally "connected to the Internet". To achieve this, special sensors are installed in the parking spaces. Thanks to NarrowBand-IoT, the newest wireless communications standard, they are especially energy-efficient and constantly transmit their status "I'm available" to your smartphone. You get an overview of all available parking spaces nearby in real time. Of course, all the data is exchanged over the ultra-secure Telekom Cloud. Save valuable time, improve air quality, fight climate change – all with one app. For more information, visit

Better climate, better air quality, less traffic, more time. All with one app. Park and Joy is a major step toward a better quality of life in the smart city.