Urban congestion caused by parking traffic
The search for parking spaces alone accounts for an
unbelievable 30 percent of urban traffic pollution. Each
such search generates 1.3 kilograms of CO₂.
App your way to a parking space!
You waste nine months of your life looking for somewhere to park, but that is about to change.
- Reinventing urban transport doesn’t have to go as far as building flying taxis or sending people through futuristic underground vacuum tubes. A smart app is sometimes all that’s required – one that finally puts an end to the tedious search for a parking space, for instance. That’s exactly where the new Park and Joy app comes in. First introduced in Hamburg back in October 2017, it enables motorists to quickly and reliably find and pay for parking spaces.
That represents a big step forward – not only for you, but for the whole of mankind – because, believe it or not, there will be 30 percent less traffic on the roads once everyone is reserving parking spaces by app. According to the APCOA parking study, that’s the percentage of vehicles currently accounted for by people looking for somewhere to park. On average, Germans drive around for 10 minutes before finding a suitable space, and Italians for as much as 15 minutes. Assuming we look for a parking space once a day over a period of 60 years, we waste nearly nine months of our lives trying to find somewhere to park, driving the equivalent of almost three times around the world in the process and paying a whopping 30,000 euros in travel costs, even without taking account of inflation. The worst thing of all, though, is that we’re polluting the environment with nearly 29 metric tons of CO₂ – per person, that is. But all that’s set to end.