The team behind Kerb, Queensland’s own parking app, has taken out the first-ever Toyota Hackathon and is taking the world by storm with help from TIQ.
Kerb – sometimes called the Airbnb of parking – unlocks underutilised parking spaces in private driveways and other empty spaces to allow owners to rent out these spaces for a daily, weekly or monthly fee.
Founded in Brisbane in 2016 by locals Rob Brown and Matt Salmon, Kerb is now live in 15 countries, with plans to launch in another 18 countries in the near future.
And, in what is proving a landmark year for the company, the Kerb team also took out the inaugural Toyota Hackathon in Melbourne in late February.
Kerb Global Sales and Marketing Manager Harriet Harvey said the app was the world’s first self-service car park platform and had been welcomed everywhere it had launched.
‘Parking is a problem in every country and we have had a great response from some unexpected places,’ Ms Harvey said.
‘We now have a staff member on the ground in Ireland, for example, and the Netherlands was also a surprise.
‘We get emails from all over the world every day from people asking when we plan to launch in their city.’
Ms Harvey said winning the Toyota Hackathon was another step in Kerb’s global journey, with a trip to Japan now scheduled.
‘Kerb was invited to compete against five other teams in Melbourne to solve Toyota’s business problems,’ she said.
‘Firstly, to bring an existing application into an in-vehicle experience and, secondly, to utilise vehicle signals to promote new in-vehicle experiences.
‘The Kerb development team successfully integrated with Toyota’s SDL head units to allow Toyota owners to instantly book parking on the go, retrieve existing booking information and even open the boom gate or garage door from the in-car head unit.’
The Toyota Hackathon prize will see Kerb team-members visit Tokyo, the SDL team and the Toyota Mobility Centre.
‘A partnership with Toyota is now possible, which proves how advanced our platform is technically and also proves to future investors that we are doing what we say we will,’ Ms Harvey said.
‘We’re also working with TIQ to connect with new partners across the world.
‘This year will be massive for Kerb.’
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