One Click Parking

Connected Car Technology


One Click Parking


Pimlico Plumbers

What We Did

Fleet Connected Cars

The Problem

Pimlico Plumbers were wasting between 20-30 minutes looking for a parking space. They would receive 4-5 parking tickets a day due to lack of availability and would guess the length of time required for a job, sometimes paying for 4-5 hours when the job only took 1. This unnecessary time and cost put stress on the drivers and the company finances.

The Solution

In July 2015 AppyParking teamed up with Vodafone drivexone to create the world’s first “One Click Parking” solution. Using a combination of M2M dongles and our mobile app we enabled drivers to find available spaces quickly and easily, start a parking session with one click and only pay for the minutes parked.

We installed dongles into the diagnostics ports across the fleet, enabling the vehicles to become connected to the internet. The drivers use our app to start the session with one click. Once the drivers have completed their jobs, they simply hop in the car and drive away. The vehicles detect a key in the ignition and a certain distance travelled and the session ends automatically. Drivers then receive a notification with the details of their stay.

The Benefits

Our solution reduced parking times from 20 minutes to 30 seconds. Drivers only paid for the minutes parked and parking tickets are now a thing of the past. The frictionless pay-as-you-go payments resulted in a huge reduction in driver stress and company costs.


This app has the potential to save Pimlico Plumbers £100,000 a year. It will also improve efficiency and save time, all of which will benefit the service we provide to our customers.

Charlie MullinsChief Executive and founder of Pimlico Plumbers

Our pioneering work with bay sensors has changed the way parking operates in the city. We continue to be a council that innovates in many ways, helping to advance our city so that businesses, tourism and our residents can thrive.

Cllr Heather ActonWestminster City Council cabinet member for parking

This type of thing is the future. Being able to select your parking space before you leave home is the way forward.

Neil GreigDirector of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists