The information on the challengepost highlights the Sao Paulo congestion problem very clearly:
“Sao Paulo’s population is growing—and so is traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars.” With an average car commute clocking in at 1.5 hours, the anguish of congestion results in more than just road rage. It is estimated that the productivity lost to traffic congestion is equivalent to 7.8 percent of the metro area’s GDP! (www.wri.org/blog)
From Parkopedia's perspective ( we work with 3 OEM's in Brazil), we can confirm that despite the congestion, car ownership is on the increase...exponentially.
So, what can be done? Well, we remembered that we had recently entered 2 ChallengePost hackathons ( Ford Shanghai & Uber Challenge). Both submissions had elements which we felt could be directly applied to the problem that the São Paulo challenge is trying to solve. The main elements we wanted to replicate are:
Intelligent parking solutions for those who need to drive the entire route and don't know where to park.
Mutli-modal transport options ( drive part of the way, then park and ride or drive part of the way, then hop on a bus) Integrate Parkopedia Estacionamento for São Paulo!
The name Parkopedia is a combination of the words parking and encyclopedia (think Wikipedia... but for parking!).
Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, we have set out to map and list every parking space in the world. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover over 38 million parking spaces in 52 countries around the world...including Brazil.
What can Parkopedia Estacionamento help me with?
Find parking using your current location or by entering an address
Get directions straight to the space(no driving around looking for a space)
See parking space availability in real-time (where available)
Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more
Quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc
Available online, in-car and on mobile,
Speech-to-Text is also available with the system decoding the user's voice search request and providing results based on the identified location.
What do we need to integrate into the new São Paulo version?
real-time GTFS data
current service status;
real-time information for some bus lines