Member News: SpotHero and FlashParking Launch Bluetooth Parking in Austin
Austin pilot program enables SpotHero drivers to enter FlashPARCS-equipped garages without rolling down car windows
AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 23, 2018 – SpotHero, North America’s leading parking reservation platform, and FlashParking, an innovative parking technology company, today announced a pilot program to enable drivers in Austin, TX who purchase parking with SpotHero to enter garages equipped with FlashParking’s FlashPARCS Smart Stations using the SpotHero app—a process the companies have coined “one-tap redemption.” With this technology, there’s no longer a need for drivers to roll down their car windows to redeem their parking reservation before entering parking garages.
“At SpotHero, we believe faster, easier and more intuitive parking technology is a critical ingredient for the next phase of urban mobility—a multi-model future where parking technologies make the experience of driving and parking easy, convenient and enjoyable. FlashParking shares this vision,” said Adam Zilberbaum, SVP of Technology Partnerships at SpotHero. “One-tap redemption is a concrete step toward that vision, as our companies work together to make parking a completely frictionless experience for drivers today and tomorrow.”
The capability works using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology—a directional, low-voltage Bluetooth signal that remains in sleep mode until a connection is made between the mobile device and FlashParking’s FlashPARCS Smart Station. With FlashBeacon, FlashParking’s patent pending BLE technology, they hope to broaden the impact of this technology by enabling SpotHero drivers to enter garages without needing to open their windows.
“Part of perfecting the parking experience is developing innovative, future-ready technology, like FlashBeacon, that not only simplifies, but enhances the overall parking experience,” said Juan Rodriguez, CEO and co-founder of FlashParking. “SpotHero immediately saw the value and took the opportunity to connect their app to our BLE-ready Smart Stations to deliver a truly seamless parking customer experience via their one-tap redemption.”
The program, which begins on October 22, will include 14 parking locations and will be offered to the majority of SpotHero users, with the intention of expanding the offering after the pilot’s success. For more information on FlashParking’s FlashPARCS Smart Stations visit flashparking.com/entry-exit-kiosk/
SpotHero envisions a world where people get everywhere, easier. The company connects mobility leaders, vehicles and drivers with the largest network of off-street parking in North America through its HeroConnect platform, a parking API and SDK, and provides the connective tissue to exchange data and payments. SpotHero is also the leading parking reservation service with more than 20 million cars parked and the most app downloads nationwide. This full ecosystem approach makes parking facilities future-proofed, cities more accessible, and the world more connected. Founded in 2011, SpotHero is headquartered in Chicago and has raised $67.5 million in funding. To learn more, visit www.spothero.com.
The FlashParking mission is simple: to perfect the parking experience. Whether a garage, lot, or valet operation, FlashParking provides a simple, innovative approach to manage parking. Our touch-screen, Smart Stations, coupled with cloud-run software, enable parking operators and asset owners to increase revenue, while giving guests a better parking experience. www.flashparking.com