Parkopedia clearly aims to be the Amazon of global parking spaces. The site certainly offers an impressive database of over 15 million spaces in 20 countries, and the interface is admirably clean and easy to use. Just enter in your location and up pops an extremely nice annotated Google map of parking locations near to you.
The data includes times, prices for meters or parking garages and there’s even a pricing calculator so you can work out what it will cost you over your desired time period. You can tell the developers have put time into this, because there’s an impressive attention to detail.
As well as local points of interest included in a sidebar, there’s also space for user edited information and guides in an excellent wiki style. There’s also a mobile app for the iPhone and Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry versions are coming. If you can’t wait, you can request a text message with nearby parking spaces, or go to their mobile site to do a local search.
I found the service very useable on a standard Android smartphone, although the database is a little suspect in certain cases. For example one set of spaces they recommended actually didn’t exist, which was a little disconcerting, but hey, one assumes it’s a database in progress. Definitely something worth keeping around for emergency use.
Our crazy-about-parking (or maybe crazy-about-not-getting-parking-tickets!) users contribute information about street parking, parking meters, car parks and even private driveways that are for rent. We then apply a bit of magic and show you the closest and cheapest available parking in your chosen area on the dates you have selected. We now have over 15 million parking spaces listed and the number is growing every day!