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This Sydney-based startup is letting you say goodbye to parking fines and car park fees

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Mike Rosenbaum, CEO Parkhound

Tired of driving around in circles looking for a park, skyrocketing parking fees and pesky parking fines?

The new Parkhound app, launched at the start of the week, is set to bring welcome relief to commuters with an easier, more convenient and affordable way to find and book over 40,000 long-term parking spaces around Australia.

With parking spaces at a premium price in built-up areas, more commuters than ever are faced with a daily challenge finding convenient and affordable parking.  On the flip side, around Australia, there are hundreds of thousands of residential parking spots going idle.

Parkhound is helping to solve this disconnect with Australia’s largest marketplace for long-term parking; connecting people with unused parking spaces to rent, with those searching for a long term solution to their parking needs.

With the Parkhound app, users can secure affordable and accessible long term parking – often in very high demand areas, while providing a lucrative money spinner for those looking to put their idle parking spaces to good use.

What difference is Parkhound making?

Mike Rosenbaum, CEO, Parkhound commented: “Our members are literally saving thousands of dollars a year by using Parkhound to find and book long term parking spaces.  The app also delivers a greater level of convenience and functionality to help users discover, book or list parking spaces.”

Unique features, such as augmented reality, make it easy for people with empty spaces to both measure the area and gauge the appropriate price to charge. Users can simply scan their empty car parking space through the app to get an estimate price for daily, weekly and monthly rental.

For commuters, the addition of Bluetooth entry for some car parks eliminates the need for a key fob or entry card, with drivers able to scan entry direct from the app.

“Our goal with the release of the app is to make commuters’  lives easier, with more accessible, convenient and affordable parking. When building the app we wanted to ensure it delivered to all these points through the inclusion of powerful new features and a clean and intuitive design to deliver a great user experience,” added Mr. Rosenbaum.

Con Barbayannis, President of Kew Junction Business Association, which has partnered with Parkhound to help residents and companies, commented: “Our employees and tenants were fighting a never-ending battle to find parking. Shops were losing a whole day’s worth of trading time every week having to frequently close their shop and move their car, and some employees were receiving daily parking fines, costing them thousands a year.

“The Parkhound App offered a resolution to these issues. Now all staff and tenants have the opportunity to secure a long-term solution to their parking needs – saying goodbye to fines and the inconvenience of having to move their cars.”

What features does the new app have?

The new App features:

  • In-app messaging for smoother communication
  • Favourites, allowing drivers to save and compare car spaces
  • Bluetooth entry, no need for a key or swipe pass to access some car park complexes
  • Revised make a listing process
  • Redesigned dashboard making it easier to manage bookings
  • AR measurement, making it easy for hosts to find out the dimensions of their space
Current IssueParkhound Solution
Commuter:
Waste time finding a parking space (125 days of your life)
Waste time moving the car every 2 hours
Pay around $45/day on parking ($900/month)
Paying hefty fines
High risk of break-in on the busy street
Commuter:
Park in the same place every day
Don’t need to move your car
Save around $35/day ($700/month)
No parking fines
Often more secure parking in a driveway or block of apartments
Resident:
Expensive rent living in the city
Has an empty car parking space
Resident:
Makes between $200-350/month
Rents out car parking space
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