According to recent research, it takes Londoners 20 minutes to locate a parking space. No wonder, we're always making excuses for being late.
On demand parking apps have proven successful in the US and China. US leaders Luxe and Zirx have raised more than $25M each and Zirx has received investment from BMW iVentures, BMW’s venture capital arm. Chinese leader Tingchebao secured a $2.6 million Series A ound of funding earlier this year, but until today, Londoners had to rely on their own wits to find a spot.
No anymore. Today saw the launch of Vallie, the first on-demand valet parking app to launch in the UK. You can ask a Vallie to meet you at your desired location, and they will arrive on a foot scooter, picking up your car and taking it to a nearby secure car park.
When you're ready, the driver returns your car to a place of your choosing within 20 minutes of you requesting it back.
Vallie offers a per-hour rate of £8 for its service, or £25 for a full day, which is almost £10 cheaper than booking a 24-hour slot in advance at a local NCP car park.
Vallie isn't just about convenience. Co-founders Nash Islam and Robin Doble hope to ease congestion in the city by getting cars off the road faster, and in the long term, provide a parking and self-charing API for self-driving cars.
Find out more about Vallie at: www.vallie.co.uk