Automating city parking with unique transponder technology. Autopay and walkaway!

What's the big idea?

Imagine pulling into a downtown parking spot, getting out of your car, and never worrying about getting a ticket again. Sound crazy? We’ve built a patent pending transponder and companion app that makes this a reality. Just park autopay and walk away. The fetchbox will take care of the rest.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

Parkmobile is an app-based service with which drivers manually select, confirm, and pay for parking spots via their smartphone. The app is clunky and tickets are still issued to users. It’s driven by manual data entry, which means it’s still wasting the driver’s time when they park.

How are you different from that player?

We believe the future of parking lies in a fully automated experience - auto-pay and walk away - without the need to manually enter information every time you park. Our transponder ensures payment even if your phone dies or breaks ext.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

Parking is a global frustration in need of a solution. Fetchpark plans to do for parking what E-ZPass and FasTrak did for tolls: solve an everyday problem via cost-effective technology. City by city, we can update parking to the 21st century.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

As serial world travelers and lovers of the road, we know the insanity of city parking all too well. We’re excited to put our successful entrepreneurial track record to work for a cause that can help millions of people get more things done and experience less hassle in their daily lives.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

$5,000 will enable us to initiate production on our first transponders in our first test market of Providence, Rhode Island. From there, the sky - err, road is the limit!

There have been 11 replies to this page

  1. Tom Olson


    What’s your worst parking ticket horror story; we’ve all got ‘em. The commenter with the worst story gets a free transponder on us.

  2. Paul Hiatt

    Sounds like a great idea, and really useful in these tight - parking city situations!

  3. Lauren Katherine

    I paid for a $20 ticket in pennies once

  4. Rakshya Khatri

    I got three parking tickets in one envelope over the course of an 8 hour period. It’s hard to think that wasn’t personal!

  5. Travis Webster-Booth

    I have a friend who has given a particular mucinicipality more than ONE THOUSAND bucks in tickets.

  6. Alicia Ann Kelley

    Worst parking experience was in a MBTA lot where nothing was labeled!  Got towed and the price point was expensive!  Would love to see MBTA aligned with this!

  7. Mike Emiliani

    Nothing more aggravating than dealing with parking tickets.

  8. Christopher Rawson

    Overnight parking should be allowed, obviously if they’re street cleaning or plowing, then no. But otherwise this should be allowed all the time.

  9. Frieda Lorel

    YES!! Please make this happen. Would’ve saved me from my worst parking experience -  after *finally* finding a spot, I realized I had no quarters, so I went into a store to get change and came back out to find… a ticket on my car.

  10. Nicole Lynn Eacuello

    I was once towed from in front of my apartment and was CONVINCED my car was stolen. I was on the phone with Boston PD for 3 hours before I could locate my car because the tow yard didn’t report it towed. When I finally got to my car, I had to pay to get it out of the lot AND there was a ticket on my dashboard.

  11. John Hill

    Hi Fetchpark.
    You need to talk to us about how you can add on to our Parking pilot with 3 UK municipalities.
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We might be able to do something about trial funding.

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on February 19, 2015.