Yasotharan Pakasathanan, Adalbert Rajca, C. Warnecke, B. Odenthal, D. Gorju, P. Stoffels, N. Proenen
ampido is the first German parking lot finder that enables owners of driveways, garages, or parking lots to rent out their spaces on a flexible short-term (instant booking) or long-term basis. Using our app (iOS) or the responsive mobile website www.ampido.com (Android/Microsoft), users can find the next free parking space in a few seconds and pay easily online. After the start of their closed beta in May 2013, they were covered by many German TV channels (ARD, ZDF, WDR, RTL, Sat.1, N-TV, etc). They were also recognised by the German government as a solution for the issues of future cities (“Land der Ideen”) and won the Vodafone Smart Solution Award. In addition to having been part of the first ProSiebensat.1 accelerator class (p7s1accelerator.com) in Q2 2013, they received EUR 100,000 in funding from Monkfish Equity, the founders of trivago. Next, they will integrate their solution into their first car park in Cologne, Germany, which will use ampido to optimise revenue. They are also discussing possible ampido cooperations with the municipal authorities in Cologne and Düsseldorf in the context of their respective Smart City projects.