Category Archives: Dublin

PARK(ing) Day Dublin

So its the 16th of September again and that only means on thing PARK(ing) Day. To celebrate PARK(ing) Day 2016 ParkYa has partnered with the Dublin PARK(ing) Day group to bring the cities a population a handy app to help them find the parking installations around the city.

The app displays the locations on a map view and when selected provide some details of each installation.

You can download the apps using the links below.

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Parking Day - Details

 

If you’d like to download ParkYa please use the links below.

Plan suggests removing cars from Dublin City Centre

A new plan proposed by Dublin City Council has suggested some of the most radical changes to Dublin City Centre has ever seen.

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The new plan call for private cars and taxis to be banded from certain area’s of Dublin City Centre and in turn the creation of wider footpaths, more cycle lanes and pedestrianised streets.

The streets which the study has suggested should be pedestrainised are Suffolk Street and St.Stephen’s Green which will link up with the already pedestrianised Grafton Street. It is suggests that College Green become public transport only, with no private cars or taxis allowed only Dublin Bus and The Luas permitted along with cyclist and pedestrians. To accommodate these changes Dublin City Council suggests widening the footpaths and introducing two way cycle lanes.

Other streets mentioned in the study are Westmoreland Street, Bachelor’s Walk, D’Olier Street and Georges Quay. Westmoreland Street would be reserved for public transport and local access only. Bachelors Walk would be closed entirely to private vehicles but would allow taxis and public transport. D’Olier Street would again be public transport only with local access available. And Finally George’s Quay would mirror Bachelors Walk and be closed to private cars, but would allow taxi’s and public transport.

The new plan was undertaken as part of a study to improve the transport corridors that currently exist between College Green and Parnell Square. The hope is to redirect traffic around the centre of the city, but still provided access for deliveriess and carparks. The study proposes a €150 million investment in improving Dublin City Centres public transport and cycling and pedestrian facilities. Some of the suggested plans are expected to come into effect as early as 2017 when the new cross city Luas line arrives, with the remaining being implemented by 2023.

If you would like to view the suggested plans, they will be available online on the Dublin City Council website from Thursday 11th of June & also on in the various city libraries.

ParkYa nominated in the Net Visionary & Blog Awards!

Team ParkYa is very proud to announce that we have been Nominated for Best Mobile Service or App for Fast Moving People at this years IIA Dot i.e. Net Visionary awards.

We have also been nominated for Best Newcomer Blog & Best Mobile Compatible Blog.

We should find out the results later this month, so have your fingers crossed for us!

 

Net Visionary Awards Shortlisted Badges-Best Mobile Service or App for Fast Moving People (B2C)

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N-Plates for Novice Drivers come into force tomorrow..

The ‘Novice’ driving category will come into effect from tomorrow August 1st, there will also be an increase in the number of penalty points which can be imposed on drivers for a number of different offences.

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Points are going to increase from two to three for a number of offences including speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seat belt and failure too use child restraints. However if drivers don’t pay the accompanying fine points increase further to four or five upon conviction.

The novice driver category will also come into effect on Friday. This means that drivers who have passed their driving test on or after the 1st of August will be deemed a novice driver and will be required to have “N” plates on their vehicle for the next two years. Under the new legislation Novice drivers will be disqualified from driving for six months if they reach seven penalty points, as opposed to the current 12. The seven points limit will also apply for future learner drivers, who received their permit on or after August 1st. Failure to display “N” plates will result in €60 fine.

Drivers who are currently within the first two years of driving with a full licence will not be required to use “N” plates or be subject to the seven penally point limit.

 

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New Audi TT

Last Thursday Audi Ireland held an event in the RDS to launch the brand new Audi TT and ParkYa were lucky enough to be there.

Br4uyLHIcAAGJnV.jpg-large The new Audi TT is being labelled as the first social media car in the world. This is down to the new virtual cockpit, which display’s all information through a 12.3 inch display which is positioned directly in front of the driver. The impressive virtual cockpit gives drivers two view options “classic view” & “infotainment mode”. Each mode offers the driver a different view for example the ‘classic view’ mode displays the speedometer and rev counter. The ‘infotainment mode’ displays additional options such as navigation, phone and the Audi connect system. Tempature, time, mileage and warnings have a fixed position at the bottom of the display on both mode’s. image0-1.img.png 1398349034751

While in ‘infotainment mode’ the driver also has the ability to watch movies and TV shows through the display however for obvious safety reasons this can only be done while that car is stationary. The car can connect to mobile internet via a 4G card slot and can also be used as a wifi hotspot. Through this connection drivers can access a number of online social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Spotify via the virtual cockpit. Crazy right! The car has a updated look while still remaining true to the original, designers noticeably taking inspiration from the very popular Audi R8 giving the TT a more sporty feel. Under the hood there is a 2.0 TFSI engine which gets around 230 bhp. The car can do 0-100km/h in an impressive 5.3 seconds and has a fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 km. The top speed has been capped at 250km/h.

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Excited…?? So are we! Unforunatly the new Audi TT won’t be on sale here until October. As of yet there is no word on price but if you are determined to get your hands on one Audi are accepting declarations of interest. For more info on the TT and a look inside the Audi launch checkout the video below.. Roll on October!

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ParkYa Beta Program

We have been hard at work here at ParkYa HQ recently, developing a new version of our app. ParkYa 1.1 is due to hit the app store very soon, but in the meantime we would love to offer you the opportunity to take it for a test drive.. How do you get your hands on the app before everyone else?? I’m glad you asked! Its easy, all we ask is that you sign up below as one of our Beta testers. Once signed up we will send you a download link and away you go.. simple!

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What is a Beta tester?.. Well to ensure ParkYa can provide the best parking solutions to its customers we rely on our community of users to provide us with their thoughts and feedback. So therefor before we release the latest version of our platform we test it with our users to ensure that your parking experience is at the highest standard.
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So what’s new with ParkYa… Well ParkYa 1.1 includes a number of improvements including:

  • Sliding Menu
  • Dedicated Sections for: Favourites, History Profile & About information.
  • Improved Layout of the Car Park section
  • Additional Parking Information
  • General Improvements & BUG Fixes

We hope you enjoy ParkYa 1.1. & be sure to let us know your thoughts, good or bad we can take it.. promise! Happy Parking!

Tesla Model S UK & Ireland Launch

The long wait is over, the Tesla Model S is now available in the UK & Ireland a full two years after it was first released in the US. The electric sports car was unveiled at a launch last week in London.

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The launch of the Tesla Model S marks the car firms first ever venture into the left hand car market.  The Tesla Model S is the follow up to the Tesla Roadster considered the first electric sports car. Its sleek design resembles a stylish saloon car which quickly dispels any notions that this car is anything like the traditional small electric cars we have become accustom to seeing in recent years.

The Tesla company has been incredibly successful in the US and the rest of the world despite a few hiccups along the way. This success has largely been down to the infrastructure that is in place for these electric vehicles. In the US Tesla have developed and introduced a network of supercharge stations. These stations can not only charge the battery but fast, topping them up with enough charge for 170 miles in as little as 30 minutes. Tesla already have a number of these stations throughout Europe and plans to expand this further into the UK & Ireland. They estimate they will have the London & the south completed within three months, with the rest of England completed in six months and the remaining UK and Ireland within eighteen months.

The Tesla Model S is a direct rival of other luxury car brands such as BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. The car is awash with luxury features such as complete touchscreen controls (think giant iPad) and even has heated windscreen wipers. Its fast too doing 0-60mph in a seriously impressive 4.2 seconds!

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The catch.. well its not cheap. Prices are expected to start at around €62,000 and climb to around €85,000. But considering you’ll never have to buy fuel again maybe its not that bad after all..