The ESNC regional winner 2013 ampido expands its business and cooperates with the Daimler’s brand smart. Through the cooperation of ampido and smart, already more than 200 exclusive parking spaces in the downtown areas of Munich and Cologne are available exclusively for smart owners. The expansion of ampido’s activity is planned for even more cities in the future.
All available parking spaces are displayed in the App, including additional information in regard to distance and price. The booking of these parking spaces is very convenient and flexible: either right-away in real time or up to 30 days in advance. After the online reservation and payment via the ampido App, the application navigates the customer to the parking space – and if necessary opens the gate at arrival -. In comparison to local parking options, ampido users can save up to 50% of parking fees.
As Daimler’s brand smart is known for its main brand values: innovation, functionality and the urban joy of life, these values match the notion and characteristics of the new cooperation partner ampido very well. Considering the fact that ampido is the first parking space platform worldwide which enables to reserve parking spaces ahead of time, there is great potential for this cooperation to meet the challenges of rapidly growing cities and the lack of parking spaces.
ampido also works together with the city of Cologne within the H2020 EU financed project “Grow smarter”. The aim of this EU initiative is to bring the industry and cities together, to integrate 12 smart city solutions in the means of energy, infrastructure and transport, in order to generate valuable and practical insights for other European cities. It is ampido’s task to find software-based solutions for the increasingly significant challenge of parking space issues. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, disposing nearly EUR 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The objective of this programme is to take great ideas from the lab to the market and thereby achieving multiple breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts.
ampido is the first German marketplace for parking spaces 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 the 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). ampido was 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.
The ESNC’s annual search for new services, products, and business innovations is designed to encourage the use of satellite navigation in everyday life. Over the past decade, it has evolved into the leading innovation competition comprising partner regions worldwide, the largest space-related incubation network and the most relevant European GNSS stakeholders. Submission is possible each year from 1 April – 30 June at www.esnc.eu