akippa: helping drivers in Japan find, reserve and share available parking spots near their destinations

About akippa

Founded in 2014, akippa is an Osaka-based company that offers parking space reservation services. In December 2016, announced an alliance with Toyota and is currently serving 700,000 users with over 20,000 available parking spaces.

Industries: Other
Location: Japan

Japanese cities are very congested, making it difficult for the owners of the more than 76 million cars in the country to find convenient parking. akippa set out to solve that problem by building a peer-to-peer service -- like Airbnb for parking -- that allows sharing of empty monthly or private parking spaces with others. akippa chose Google Maps for its familiar interface and its ability to easily scale as the service grows, allowing akippa to regularly add new features.

Google Maps Platform Results

  • akippa easily scaled to meet growing demand, with no interruption in service and now tracks over 20,000 parking spaces
  • Google Maps features including Street View increase ease of use for customers
  • akippa was able to launch its service within three to four months and is expanding its business overseas

3—4 months to launch the akippa service

"With Google Maps we were able to launch our parking spot sharing service in less than four months. Google Maps' familiar interface and features such as Street View helped us solve one of Japanese drivers' worst problems—easily reserving and finding free parking spaces."

Yasuhiro Hirota, Chief Marketing Officer, akippa

akippa powers Japan's most popular website and mobile app for sharing parking spaces. akippa used the Google Maps Platform to build its website that lets customers find and reserve parking near their destinations, and share spots with others. It built its mobile apps with the Google Maps SDK for iOS and the Google Maps SDK Android. The spots are not always available in lots with large, clearly marked signboards. To make it easier for customers to locate available spots, akippa uses the Street View API, so drivers can easily find the locations. akippa is looking to expand the service by partnering with car-rental and car-sharing services. It is also planning to launch the service in other countries.

About akippa

Founded in 2014, akippa is an Osaka-based company that offers parking space reservation services. In December 2016, announced an alliance with Toyota and is currently serving 700,000 users with over 20,000 available parking spaces.

Industries: Other
Location: Japan