January 13, 2015
Parking in a large city is probably the bane of many of our existences on a daily basis. Running behind and late for work? You can bet that there will not be a parking place anywhere close to where you need it to be. Luckily, there is a relatively new company here to alleviate some of that stress associated with finding parking. Zirx is that company. The company, almost a year old now, is your convenient, affordable on-demand valet service for events, meetings, or just the daily grind.
Headed by CEO Sean Behr, Zirx currently has on-demand valet services in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and parts of Seattle. For the cost of $15 a day, Zirx will pick up your car, park it, and return it to you at your specified location. With parking costs soaring, this is not only a convenient option for daily use, but an affordable one, as well. Zirx is able to keep storage costs down by working with parking garages throughout the city. This means a more secure location for your car, as well, because it will not be left on a street available for anyone to see.
As an added bonus, Zirx says that pickup and drop-off times are only around 5-7 minutes. They can accomplish such quick times by using a well-thought out logistical plan that implements all parking structures they partner with and routes valets to the most appropriate ones.
Security is important to Zirx, so after a pickup is requested your valet’s name and picture will appear on your phone, meaning you know exactly who to expect. As an added layer of security, a four digit pin code is required by both customer and valet is required at pick up. The same process is then used on drop-off, as well. All drivers are put through an internal review process, in addition to a 3rd party screening for criminal offenses, offender registries, and state and local driving incidents.
The benefits of using Zirx as a daily form of valet parking has been stated above, but let’s not forget about some of the other benefits. Event parking is ridiculously crowded and stressful. It’s impossible to find a spot, and parking prices are through the roof. No worries, just get Zirx to pick your car up and deal with the stress associated with heavy traffic and parking. Running late for a meeting in an unfamiliar part of town? Schedule a pickup for the meetings location and focus on your business at hand, not finding parking.
Zirx raised $6.4 million in funding back in September 2014 and it will be interesting to see where they will go next. Obviously, demand in correlation to parking availability will be a huge factor. Zirx is available for both Android and iOS.
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