At any point in time, 30 percent of Tel Aviv residents are searching for a parking spot. Two Israelis have found a way to open up private parking to desperate drivers.
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“Ask any Tel Aviv resident what the biggest hassle with this city is and they’ll tell you, first, finding parking and, second, the extortionate house prices.”
So say Gev Rotem and Ilan Blum, two entrepreneurs in their early 30s who may well be on their way to alleviating one of Tel Aviv’s perennial hassles. The two friends are currently piloting a new start-up called Parkpool, a system that connects private parking owners with parking seekers.
The idea is simple. Many private parking lots in the city are unused during working hours, while business-owned ones are free at night. However, at all hours of the day you will find people driving around Tel Aviv at creeping speeds on the lookout for parking spaces. Through Parkpool, a smart-phone application backed up by a call center, car owners can track down vacant registered lots.
With a shortage in parking spaces in Tel Aviv and an average of 30 minutes’ search time for parking, Parkpool offers a straight-forward solution to the biggest source of aggravation in the congested city.