By Chrissie Cluney, Contributing Editor
Parking Insider is a smart app with a mobile wallet dedicated to enabling its users to quickly and seamlessly pay for parking spots. The app also invites users to earn free minutes of parking by snapping pictures of free parking spaces. The photos will be used to create a heat map that enables other users to find open parking spots.
It’s the second attempt at this idea by two of Parking Insider’s three creators. Shruti Kuber and Advait Kumar are currently getting their master’s degrees in embedded systems at the Technical University of Berlin.
“We do see expanding into other brands and cities,” said Shruti Kuber, co-creator, Parking Insider. “We’re taking this seriously.”
The app is limited to Berlin currently. It’s also limited currently to working with the APIs of Deutsche Bank and Daimler. To use the app, the customer will need to be a Deutsche banking client, which would enable them to set up a prepaid account that automatically renews every month and allows them to track their payment history. The customer will also need to drive a Mercedes-Benz, Smart car, or other Daimler vehicle. Parking Insider has every intention of seeking out partnerships with other banks and car companies in the future.