• Features

    JustPark Launch World’s First in-Car Parking App

    JustPark and BMW have teamed up to revolutionise the way we park. They have produced a world’s first in motoring tech, which solves the stress of parking through an innovative new in-car app, that lets you park wherever and whenever.

    The app has been designed as a one-stop shop for all your parking needs, allowing drivers to manage the entire parking process directly from the dashboards of their car.

    The in-car app enables drivers to seamlessly browse a selection of 100,000 parking spaces across the UK. Once they have found that perfect spot, they can easily book, pay and navigate to the parking spot all through the dashboard.

    “JustPark gives drivers the convenience of finding and reserving an affordable parking space in moments. Just as we use apps to order taxis and takeaways, parking is finally being brought out of the dark ages”, explains JustPark founder, Anthony Eskinazi.

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    Although the in car-app is only available in MINI’s right now, BMW have plans to roll the app out across its entire range later in the year. The MINI Director was enthusiastic about the news, adding, “the JustPark functionality – which is a world-first for MINI – will make securing a convenient parking place in our busy towns and cities a breeze.”

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    Striving to solve the problem of parking, JustPark have built the world’s largest parking marketplace. They have done this by connecting home and business owners who would like to earn money from renting their space with drivers in need of a convenient, safe and affordable place to park.

    This infographic tells you all you need to know about JustPark’s solution to the pains of parking. Find your perfect parking space today. 

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  • News

    Where not to park…$150,000 Range Rover left wedged in basement after embarrassing crash

    £80,000 range rover wedged in a basement
    Where not to park… this $150,000 sporty Range Rover was left wedged in a basement after a 14-foot fall on Sunday in Fitzrovia, central London.

    It was practically new, having only travelled less than 500 miles, but it was the end for the white 4×4 after it crashed and fell 14-feet, getting stuck horizontally between a wall and a basement. The worst possible position!

    Apparently, the sporty car went through the railings on Fitzroy Street, near Oxford Street, and then landed in the tricky position. It was stuck in such an impossible situation that the fire brigade had to be called to try and remove the vehicle.

    Luckily, witnesses claimed that the driver and three passengers left the scene without injuries, but the same cannot be said for the car which was left with a crushed roof!

    “I couldn’t believe it when I saw this posh car stuck at the bottom. That would either take a lot of skill or bad luck to land a huge car down there.

    I spoke to one of the neighbours who said the car had four girls in it and they were all right, which in itself is a miracle. I’ve never seen anything like that before..”

    Check out the unbelievable images below.

    Bang: Remarkably none of the four women in the car which plunged 14 feet were injured
    Wallop: The female driver lost control of the expensive car and ended up in a basement in central London
    Erm… where not to park. Owners were left red faced after this crash.
    Near miss: The white vehicle had just 500 miles on the clock when it ended up underground
    The scene at the junction of Fitzroy Street and Fitzroy Square where a Range Rover crashed into a house basementThe scene at the junction of Fitzroy Street and Fitzroy Square where a Range Rover crashed into a house basement
    Rescue: The brand new Range Rover which crashed in Fitzrovia, central London is lifted out by crane
     
    Almost there: Having crashed into a basement at 5am on Sunday the brand new £80,000 Range Rover is rescued

    Overground: The Fire Brigade finally get the brand new Range Rover which crashed in Fitzrovia, central London, back onto the pavement. The female driver and her three women passengers escaped unharmed
    Photos via dailymail.co.uk

     

     

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  • Humor/ Videos

    These People’s Outrage At Getting Parking Tickets Was Quickly Changed To Joy Once They Opened The Tickets (VIDEO)

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    We live in an age where YouTube pranksters are turning into celebrities and while most of the pranks are funny as hell, Sam Pepper thought he might do something a little different.

    Of course we all love to hate the cops and traffic wardens who give out the parking tickets so when Petter dresses up as one, you know that people are going to have their back up.  Especially when they see he has given them a ticket.

    Watching how irate these people get is hilarious, but watching the change from anger to happiness is heart warming.

    Nice touch Mr Pepper. No doubt you will make up for this nice stunt by making your next stunt even more brutal.

    >> Must see Drive Thru Prank Has Fast Workers Hearing Things! (VIDEO)

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  • Features/ Tech

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    Photo: Audi AG

    Photo: Audi AG

    When the wife and I head into San Francisco for a night on the town, I don’t bother entering the restaurant’s address into the sat-nav. I find the nearest parking garage and use that instead. It’s a helluva lot easier than endlessly circling the block in search of a parking space, wishing my navi could tell me where to find a space.

    Before long, it will. Audi’s Urban Intelligent Assist research initiative uses big data, wireless connectivity and the car’s on-board navigation system to, among other things, tell you which street spaces are available and, even better, when a space will open up. It’s like Google Now for parking.

    “The vehicle isn’t just a tool to get from one place to another, but a friend in an unfriendly environment,” says Dr. Petros Ioannou, director for the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Southern California. Audi’s urban assistance project also includes researchers from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, along with Audi’s own Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a transportation-focused version of Google Now.

    To transform your ride into said friend, Audi and its cadre of geeks created Driver Centric Urban Navigation. Before we set off on a demonstration run in an Audi A6, Mario Tippelhofer, a senior engineer at ERL, sets AT&T Field as our destination. He’s using an Android smartphone running an Audi-developed app that combines a calendar and navigation into sort of GPS-infused day planner.

    With the destination set, the app queries current and historical traffic data and determines it should take about seven minutes to reach the ballpark. If it was a business appointment, the app would use the same data to push an alert telling me when to leave, and even provide a user-defined buffer — say, five minutes — to make sure I get there a little early.

    Once inside the A6, Tippelhofer puts the phone on a panel in the center console. It uses Near Field Communications to transfer the destination info from his phone to the car’s navigation system. (NFC isn’t a requirement for the system. Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi could handle it just as well.) Once the navi gets the destination, it displays a map. Dozens of pins appear on the streets surrounding the park. Some say “2? while others say “4,” indicating the number of spaces available on that block.

    How does it know? Parking spaces along 600 city blocks in San Francisco and nearly 700 in Los Angeles and Hollywood have sensors that connect to a central server. A car leaves the spot, the system marks it as open. If a car takes the spot, it’s marked as occupied, even if the tightwad behind the wheel doesn’t feed the meter.

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    Cooler still, the system can tell you when a spot might open up. Based on historical data and nearby events, it can predict how many spaces near your destination will be available when you arrive. Audi claims the system is 97 percent accurate if you’re 10 minutes away and 91 percent accurate if you’re 20 minutes away.

    It works. We park in one of three spaces two blocks away from the stadium. We get out, and the Audi smartphone app gave us walking directions to the park. The cool thing about that is the system doesn’t simply give you street names, it provides conversational commands like “Make a right after the McDonald’s” through its integration with Google Maps and Street View.

    Because every driver is different, the system will “learn” your habits. “To have an effective driver assist system, it has to be personalized,” Ioannou tells us.

    This happens remarkably quickly. During my demo drive, the A6 picked up on my habits — how I accelerate and brake, how closely I follow other cars, that sort of thing. All that info is stored in the system’s computer to create a driver profile that includes how fast you’ll arrive at your destination and even your preferences for parking on the street, in a garage, or with a valet. The system can compile a baseline driving profile in only 15 minutes; a more detailed, personalized profile takes about an hour, and it constantly evolves over time.

    The car’s constantly evolving profile, when combined with traffic information and dynamic re-routing, allows the car to tell you with remarkable precision exactly when you’ll arrive at your destination based upon how fast traffic is moving, how you’ll react to it, where you’ll park, and how fast you’ll walk from your car to the door upon arrival.

    “The car is an active learning machine,” says Malte Möller, a vehicle safety and concepts engineer at Audi. “But this is a mid-term objective.”

    Mid-term for Audi means it’ll see production within the next few years as more cities adopt advanced traffic monitoring systems and parking sensors and the stream of data gets bigger and more accurate.

    Now if it could just tell us if someone left time on the meter.

    Photo: Audi AGPhoto: Audi AGVia: Wired

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