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AppyParking wins app competition to address congestion in London

Run by Ford Motor Company, the Traffic Tamer App Challenge called on developers to submit smartphone apps to help alleviate traffic congestion in London.

A panel of judges from Ford, University College London, Index Ventures, Tech Radar-Pro, and Pocket-Lint named the AppyParking app the winner of the £6,500 first prize.

Created by UK-based Yellow Line Parking, the service also enables drivers to view parking maps of London, pay the city’s congestion charge, and find electric vehicle charging stations and spaces reserved specifically for disabled badge holders.

The Bandwagon app, which offers a ride-sharing service, finished second overall; and the Best Route app, which leverages OpenXC and GPS data to help drivers choose the fastest route to their destination, finished third. Further category winners included the Should I Take My Car? app that uses maps, traffic and roadwork information, public transport schedules and weather information to help users choose the best method for their journey – from car, public transport, cycling or walking.

The full list of Traffic Tamer App Challenge winners is:

  • Grand Prize – AppyParking
  • Second Prize – Bandwagon
  • Third Prize – Best Route
  • Large Organisation Recognition Award – Should I Take My Car?
  • Popular Choice – AppyParking
  • OpenXC Integration Prize – Best Route
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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.