Digital parking is getting easier in Germany. The Telekom smart parking app Park and Joy can now be used in 100 cities. Most recently, the cities of Bremerhaven, Duisburg and Frankfurt am Main were added to app. With the app, drivers can conveniently pay for their parking fees with their smartphones .
Park and Joy also displays free parking and navigates the driver directly there. “We want to make parking comfortable. With Park and Joy eliminates the annoying search for small change. And best of all: The parking time can be comfortably shortened or lengthened to the minute – as needed “, says Michael Kimberger, Telekom Program Manager Park and Joy.
Prediction of parking included
A special feature of the smart parking app is the forecast of free parking. For this purpose, the Park and Joy uses various data sources, such as anonymized network usage data of Telekom as well as weather data or calendar data. It calculates the probability of finding a free parking space at the destination. In addition, park sensors are used in some cities. The sensors on the parking areas increase the quality of the forecast even further. They record whether the parking lot is free or occupied. The installation of park sensors takes place in agreement with the respective cities.
Park and Joy for parking garages
“We also complement Park and Joy with additional services that also set us apart from other providers,” says Kimberger. Since October, the app also shows free car parks in the first cities . From February 2020, motorists will also be able to drive in and out of contact in more than 200 APCOA car parks using a RFID chip. Payment is automatic via the app. Another offer from Park and Joy is Barmenia’s Park Protect insurance against parking damage. Users thus protect themselves against parking damage caused by unknown persons during the parking process.
Fair service fees for each type
Park and Joy is available for iOS or Android on the App Store or the Google Play Store . The free parking forecast is free for all users. The service fee for the digital payment of parking tickets is 19 cents per parking operation. The service fee is already included in the COMFORT rate with a monthly fixed price of 1.99 euros. In addition there are the parking fees of the respective city. Payment is possible by debit, credit card and mobile phone bill. During a check, the public order office can digitally check whether the parking ticket has been paid for by the app. The Telekom attaches particular importance to simple handling and the minimal input of personal data.
Nationwide smart parking
Currently Park and Joy is in these 100 cities. Available: Ahlen (Westf.), Bad Hersfeld, Bad Nauheim, Bad Oldesloe, Bad Urach, Bad Vilbel, Bergheim, Bergisch Gladbach, Berlin, Bernkastel-Kues, Bielefeld, Bocholt, Bonn, Borken, Bostalsee, Brandenburg an der Havel, Bremerhaven , Buchholz in the Nordheide, Burgdorf, Castrop-Rauxel, Coesfeld, Cottbus, Cuxhaven, Chemnitz, Dachau, Dahlem, Dessau-Roßlau, Detmold, Dieburg, Dinslaken, Dormagen, Dorsten, Dortmund, Duderstadt, Duisburg, Emsdetten, Erfurt, Eschweiler, Ettlingen, Euskirchen, Eutin, Frankfurt am Main, Gladbeck, Glueckstadt, Görlitz, Hagen, Hamburg, Hameln, Hanau, Hanover, Hattingen, Heidenheim, Hennef, Hildesheim, Ibbenbüren, Jena, Kaiserslautern, Cologne, Königswinter, Landau in the Palatinate, Leichlingen , Lemgo, Lingen, Lübstadt, Lübbenau / Spreewald, Lübeck, Mayen, Memmingen, Meiningen, Menden, Moers, Mönchengladbach, Nauen, north, Nordhorn,Penzberg, Pforzheim, Pirmasens, Pulheim, Rheinbach, Scharbeutz, Scharding, Siegen, Soest, Stolberg, Templin, Uelzen, Ulm, Vechta, Velbert, Wedel, Weilheim an der Teck, Weimar, Werl, Wetzlar, Wismar, Winsen (Luhe), Witten, Worms and Zittau.