Moovit Presses SpotHero to Show Parking Spaces in Multimodal Transit App


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“Multimodal” is a big buzzword in the field of urban mobility, with applications bringing together public transport, VTC services, electric scooters, bicycles, private cars, and more. to help people find the optimal route from A to B.

While cities would definitely prefer everyone to use public transport for their entire journey, the fact is that some people still need to use cars to reach the nearest public transport location, than it is a train station, bus stop or ferry terminal. That’s why the public transit app Moovit today announced a partnership with the off-street parking market SpotHero for surface parking spaces, including those near transit stations.

How it works

The partnership is effective from today, from San Francisco, and is designed to reduce traffic congestion in the Bay Area. However, given that SpotHero currently has a presence in dozens of cities across the United States, the integration will take place gradually across the country.

There are some initial limitations to the integration – users will need to manually search for the nearest parking lot through the search box in the Moovit app. And there is no guarantee that there will be a spot available when they get there. But the company said “additional integration” will be rolled out in the future, with users able to view “dynamic information” detailing how many seats are available. They will also be able to reserve and pay for SpotHero parking via an automatic redirection to the SpotHero application.

Above: Moovit and SpotHero

“Moovit is committed to simplifying urban mobility with our app as a one-stop-shop for all your stops, and we believe parking is a critical piece of the mobility puzzle,” said Yovav Meydad, Director of Growth and Marketing from Moovit. “Commuters can help reduce congestion simply by parking at transit hubs and using transit for the ‘last mile’ of their trip. “

Data

Founded in 2012, Moovit, headquartered in San Francisco, has raised around $ 130 million from large investors including Intel Capital, Nokia-backed NGP Capital, BMW i Ventures and Sequoia. While Moovit is perhaps best known in the consumer sphere for its free app, the company also operates a mobility as a service (MaaS) platform that provides municipalities with data and analytics to improve infrastructure. urban transport. This data may also be licensed to any third party developer.

Indeed, Moovit has partnered with Uber for several years now as part of a series of initiatives, and last month Uber revealed that it will display all public transit options, including transit. in common, directly in its own application.

Moovit has also experimented with parking partnerships. Last month Moovit, TomTom and Microsoft announced an integration to create what has been billed as the “world’s first truly comprehensive multimodal travel planner,” although this is only available through Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. .

While parking is arguably a less sexy piece of the urban mobility puzzle, it is clearly a key element when connecting the dots between a traveller’s departure and arrival points. That’s why SpotHero has raised over $ 60 million from notable investors, while rival ParkWhiz has raised a similar amount of money for its parking platform.

“Parking is at the intersection of the biggest trends in urban mobility,” added Mark Lawrence, CEO of SpotHero. “We’re excited to partner with Moovit to help commuters who need parking en route to a transit stop reduce stress, reduce commute times, and improve traffic around transit stations.” busy. “

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