With Rakupa, the sharing economy now includes unused parking spots

If Airbnb has transformed empty bedrooms into money-making enterprises, what's to stop owners of unused parking spaces from doing the same? That's the idea behind Rakupa, a parking space sharing service from Japanese company Rakuten. The service provides a platform to connect owners of unused parking spaces with drivers looking to park.

Using Rakupa, open spaces are essentially put up for rent, allowing registered Rakuten members to reserve and pay for the spot up to a day in advance. The company says it hopes that users make use of the service to find easier parking at popular tourist spots and events.

There's currently no word on if the service will be launched outside of Japan, although similar apps like SpotPog exist in the United States.

Rakupa

If Airbnb has transformed empty bedrooms into money-making enterprises, what's to stop owners of unused parking spaces from doing the same? That's the idea behind Rakupa, a parking space sharing service from Japanese company Rakuten. The service provides a platform to connect owners of unused parking spaces with drivers looking to park.

Using Rakupa, open spaces are essentially put up for rent, allowing registered Rakuten members to reserve and pay for the spot up to a day in advance. The company says it hopes that users make use of the service to find easier parking at popular tourist spots and events.