Category Archives: Parking

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.

Parking Day - Details

Parking Day - Details

 

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

40% of drivers admit to parking on double yellow lines!

A recent survey has found that 40% of Irish drivers admit to parking on double yellow lines.. These are a cheeky bunch! parking_tcm13-3877 The study was conducted by our friends over at easytrip.ie and they discovered some interesting results. For example 29% of drivers admit to parking in prohibited loading bays, 16% in bus stops and 15% in bus lanes and clearway’s!

The study also asked people what their biggest driving pet peeves were; the majority of male drivers surveyed (82%) said that their biggest pet peeve was when drivers took up two parking spaces..(ugh!..us too guys) and 90% of female drivers said that what ticks them off the most is cars park too close to them!

Other annoying driver habits were:

  • Illegally parking in a disabled spot
  • Parking in family space, without a family!
  • Taking your space before you get a chance to drive into it!
  • Blocking the aisle when waiting for a space.

We would have to agree with all the these…very annoying indeed!

Another interesting discovery from the survey was the significant difference between male and female parking preference. More than half of males surveyed said that they preferred on street parking, this is compare to only 33% of female drivers. The remaining two thirds of females explained that they prefer multi-story car parks because they find them more convenient, they are less likely to be clamped, its cheaper and they find them safer & more secure.

 

Fiat: Parking Billboard

Introducing the Fiat: Parking Billboard an interactive billboard that helps drivers park! The clever parking assistant is currently in use on the streets of Germany.

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The purpose of Fiat: Parking Billboard is to showcase the parking software that is currently available in the Fiat 500 by using its parking sensors in a very clever way.  This is achieved by combining the parking sensors with an interactive billboard to help drivers park easier. But, how does it work? Well the sensors are synchronised with the billboard, which means that when a driver approaches a parking space the billboard can determine how close it is too other cars or the curb, it then communicates this to the driver via some parking helpers who are displayed on the interactive billboard. These helpers then direct the driver into the parking spot via some handy hand movements… which is pretty darn clever if you ask us!

The idea was the brain child of advertising company Leo Burnett, who explained that the creation of the Fiat: Parking Billboard has proved that car technology can be very entertaining and we agree!

Check out the Fiat: Parking Billboard below!

https://vimeo.com/125775078

2016 Kia Optima

This is a sneak peek at the new 2016 Kia Optima, yes this is in fact Kia, stunning right! The 2016 Kia Optima is due to make its official debut at the New York Motor Show in a few weeks time.

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The 2016 Optima picks up from where its predecessor left of, continuing with the bold styling that made  it a success. The new Optima features a coupe style design while actually retaining the family saloon size. The Optima also boasts dramatic squinted headlights and seriously huge wheels, which although look mighty impressive they are not expected to be on the actual production model.

As of yet not much else is know about the Optima. What we do know is it will be available in both petrol & diesel models in the UK & Ireland and there is also rumours of a potential hybrid and sport versions too.

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The Korean brand has undergone somewhat of a makeover in recent years, with the manufacture looking to create a car that will become as mainstream as some of its fierce’s rivals. To achieve this they had to create something that was both affordable and desirable, the 2016 Kia Optima might be just that.

The 2016 Kia Optima is expected to be production ready by the last quarter of 2016.

Check out this gravity defying Corsa!

Located in London’s Southbank Centre just next to the London eye is one of the most spectacular parking jobs your ever likely to see.

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This is of course an art installation and it was commissioned by Vauxhall to celebrate their new Corsa which launched earlier this year. The Artist responsible for the gravity defying Corsa is Alex Chinneck, pictured below in-front of his impressive creation.

The sculpture is called Pick yourself up and pull yourself together and features the new Vauxhall Corsa suspended upside down on 15 metres of arching tarmac, with no visible support.

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“Alex Chinneck’s work is astounding, he’s an amazing British sculptor who creates illusionary structures with the most in-depth engineering and design. Above all, the astonishing rip curl embodies the fun people have driving the much-loved Vauxhall Corsa.” – Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams said of the piece. 

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The gravity defying Corsa is on display until the 25 of Feb, walk under… if you dare!

Call for stricter penalties for cycle lane parking

Concerns have been raised by a number of cycling groups after recent Garda figures revealed that only three fines a week are imposed for cycle lane violations. The figures which were revealed by the Garda Press Office show that 144 tickets were issued in 2014 for cycle lane offences, these fines are issued under two categories;

  • Failure to comply with traffic signs.
  • Prohibited driving in a cycle lane.

Both of these offence come with a €60 fine and one penalty point.

According to the cycling groups the relatively low figures display the lack of detection and enforcement for these offences. They argue that although the government are continuing to encourage and promote cycling in the country they are not enforcing the laws which are established to protect the cyclist, such as the dedicated cycle lane system. Because of this the groups are calling on the Transport Minister to change an existing law which allows drivers to park in cycle lanes for up to 30 mins if they are delivering goods, they say this law creates a loophole for drivers and it needs to be rectified to enable further enforcement.

The enforcement of cycle lane violations is predominately done by the Garda, although some county councils such as Cork have enabled their traffic wardens to issue tickets regarding cycle lanes violations.

What are your thoughts on cycle lane parking, let us know by taking our poll below!

Ireland is second in Europe for commuting by Car!

A new report compiled by the European Commissions public opinion department has discovered that Ireland is second in Europe for commuting by Car! According to the report Irish people are the second most likely of all Europeans to commute by car. The report ranks only Cyprus above Ireland in the poll.

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The report found that 85% of Cypriot’s said that the car was their preferred transport of choice when commuting to work, while in Ireland 73% of people polled said they would usually commute by car.

The results of the poll put Ireland significantly ahead of many other EU countries including the UK which surprisingly only had 57% in favour of the car. The lowest EU country polled in the report was Hungary, which must have a very reliable and impressive public transport system as it only polled 33%.

The report went on to further discover that the decisive factor behind these decisions was speed & convenience and not cost, as many would have originally thought.

The announcement of this report is further good news for the motor industry, following last weeks news that parking revenue continues to remain steady across the country. The government and the related city councils recorded healthy returns in relation to parking charges in 2014, with the five major City Councils (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford) collecting over €45.57 million in parking fines, fees and charges.

Unsurprisingly most of that money came from Dublin, with the Dublin City Council collecting €29.3 million. Out of that 29.3 million, it’s reported that €10 million was required to run the cities parking management service and €6.1 million was paid to parking enforcement. The remainder of the money is due to go back into the council funds.

 

The BMW i3 with autonomous parking

This is the BMW i3 with autonomous parking. Many car manufactures have been working on autonomous parking technology for some time and now BMW are set to demonstrate their latest attempt at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Las Vegas next month. bmw-remote-valet-parking-12-1Autonomous parking enables the driver to be dropped off and collected by its vehicle… the vehicle then drives into the car park, finds a suitable parking spot and then parks itself. Finding Parking might be deemed a bit of a first world problem, but it is actually the number one complaint of drivers in urban cities.

The BMW i3 autonomous parking works in both outdoor car parks and multi-story car parks. So how does it work? Well the BMW i3 scans the car park via built in laser scanners and compares the information detected to existing blueprints of the area. The laser scanners allow the vehicle to safely navigate through the car park avoiding potential collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. bmw-remote-valet-parking-14-1 When the owner is ready to leave, they simply send the vehicle a message asking to be collected this is done via a Smartwatch, once the vehicle has received the message it will drive to the collection point and collect the driver.

Unlike system developed by their competitors the BMW i3 autonomous parking doesn’t rely on troublesome GPS and it also doesn’t require infrastructure-equipped car parks. These advancements are a considerable advantage to BMW as it enables the technology to be used anywhere.

Its long been thought that if autonomous parking is to become a reality then the technology will have to be solely in car, such as in the BMW i3. bmw-remote-valet-parking-18-1 Making autonomous parking a reality is one thing, having it freely available in cars is quite another. As we have seen with big brother autonomous driving there are many legal regulations that need to be amended before technology like this can be commercialised, so it might be some time before you see this technology offered on your new car.

That being said the prospect of driving straight to the airport and then sending your car of to parks itself is probably worth the wait..

ParkYa on Today FM

On Sunday the ParkYa team where on the Today FM Sunday Business show to talk about the ParkYa App and all things Parking.

ParkYa Founder Jason Roe sat down with Sunday Business Show Presenter Conall O Morain to explain how using ParkYa will make parking in the capital easy peasy lemon squeezy! They also spoke about the company’s plans to become even bigger in 2015!

To listen to the interview click on the link below!

The ParkYa App is available on both iOS & Android and best of all its completely FREE!

Happy Parking!

Driverless Cars to be tested in the UK

Autonomous driving is soon to become a reality in the UK. In an announcement today the British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stated that starting next year driverless cars will go on trial in four towns within the UK. 

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The towns which have been selected for the trial are Bristol, Greenwich, Coventry and Milton Keynes. The trials will be broken up into three groups each of which have a particular focus. The first group will be lead by the Transport Research Laboratory and they will test a fully autonomous passenger vehicle in the Greenwich area of London. The vehicle will hold a maximum of 10 passengers and initially will only be tested on ‘safe’ roads. This will be tested as a public transport alternative. The group will also look at the concept of driverless valet parking.

The second group will be led by a consortium including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and engineering company Arup. This particular trial will focus on Coventry & Milton Keynes and will test driverless cars on the road, in real driving conditions. The consortium will also test self-driving pods for use in pedestrian areas. It will focus on the technology and infrastructure that will need to be integrated into UK roads for driverless driving to become a reality.

The third and final group will test driverless cars in Bristol, with a particular focus on whether driverless cars can make roads safer and if the technology has the ability cut down congestion. The group will also look at the legal and insurance implications of driverless vehicles, determining which laws would need to be amended before a full public roll out could begin.

The trial will commence on January 1st and continue for up to 36 months. The outcome of the trial could see Britain become one of the leading nations in autonomous driving, this is because unlike other technology companies such as Google who have struggled with legal issues when testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, the companies involved in this trial have the full backing of the UK government.