With the advent of the new app Parka, drivers can now choose between two apps when parking their vehicles in Reykjavík, and near specified tourist attractions in Iceland, Kjarninn reports. As the company intends to generate income by other means, users will not have to pay service fees or additional costs.
No Service Charges
Parka, a new parking app, has recently offered early access to drivers in Iceland. Before Parka, the only app option for drivers was Leggja, which the Swedish company EasyPark recently acquired. The Parka app introduces a few new features, such as no service charges for users.
Generating Income by Other Means
Parka, which was created by Computer Vision, aims to simplify the process of paying for parking by saving the location of the parking space, by displaying payment areas on a map, and by sending free reminders to users to deregister vehicles from parking spaces. The app allows users to pay for parking in downtown Reykjavík, in Höfðatorg square in Reykjavík, at the Þingvellir National Park, and the Skaftafell area at the Vatnajökull National Park.
Parka will not charge users service fees or additional fees, according to Computer Vision. Instead, the company intends to generate income by other means, via “novel solutions” that the company plans to introduce over the next few days. Leggja charges a service fee of ISK 95 each time that a driver parks their vehicle. Users also have the option of paying a fixed monthly fee.
“We’re confident that we can generate income by other means. We see many opportunities that we will be introducing over the coming days. We’re an innovation company that focuses on solutions. We put the customer first. Parka aims to make the lives of its users easier through automation. Our dream is that when you park your car you won’t even have to open the app. We will be testing this feature at Hafnartorg square,” Ægir Finnsson, Technical Director at Parka, stated in an interview with Kjarninn.
EasyPark Acquires Leggja
Before Parka, Leggja was the only parking app in Iceland. It was founded in 2008 by the software company Stokki, which was acquired by Já in 2017. Já announced yesterday that the Swedish parking company EasyPark had purchased Leggja. The company will invite users of Leggja to switch over to the EasyPark app in the coming days. EasyPark offers parking solutions in over 1,300 cities in 18 countries.
“EasyPark is a leading player in the field of parking, offering solutions that are constantly being updated and improved, which will benefit Icelanders. This is exciting news for Leggja’s customers,” Vilborg Helga Harðardóttir, CEO of Já, stated in a press release.