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When it gets hot and hotter in the city, it’s about time for a holiday in the sun. While some plan their travels on train, bus or plane, others prefer to just get into their cars and drive into the blue. The tourist season can be tough on the road so we collected 15 CEE startups that aim to make spending time in the car safer, more fun and more relaxed.
No chance for thefts (Austria)
Are you worried about your shiny new car getting stolen a city you are just visiting? Then locca could be a tool for you (read more here). The Austrian startup created a GPS tracking device that can be attached to anything such as bikes, cars, keys and allows you to find them again. Even if your car gets stolen, locca helps you to track the thieves with their mobile app.
Automotive enthusiasts, check this out! (Bulgaria)
While some people see driving as a necessary means to get from A to B, others identify with their vehicle. Sofia-based CarsVibe provides a community platform for the latter ones. Users are able to tell about adventures, exchange photos and get in touch with other enthusiasts. What is your cars’ story?
For real racing drivers (Croatia)
If you are planning to get a new and fast car you may consider holidays in Croatia. Rimac Automolbili is a Croatian car manufacture startup that is known for products such as the electric racing car (read more about the founder and the startup here). With their electrical and mechanical engineering labs they aim to revolutionise vehicle production.
A mobile accountant for your trip (Croatia)
Vehicle maintenance can be a tough job. Rijeka-based Carsbook helps you keep track of your expenses with their web and mobile application. The service shows you predictions or trends of mileage and reminds you when it is time to refill, for example. Carsbook aims to keep you up to date with the needs of your car and helps you save you money.
Relocate your car (Estonia)
Do you know the feeling when you come home from a trip, get off at the airport and suddenly realise that you forgot where your car is parked? Estonian Heimdallr wants to help you find your car or other things again with their tracking gadgets. The small device will not only interact with your smartphone but will share information to other devices in reach creating a kind of network to find your things again.
Drive safe! (Hungary)
Safety on the road is one of the most important issues when driving long distances. To help prevent accidents, the team of Shoka.me developed a mobile assistant for car drivers or bikers. Their proximity radar application detects obstacles ahead and aims to warn drivers about traffic hazards.
Cloud your Car (Poland)
Polish Cloud your Car is a system for monitoring and managing cars. They developed a SaaS as well as a hardware device to track routes and drivers with a simple smartphone app.
Get your infotainment to go (Romania)
Besides all holiday excitement, it can get boring on the road. Therefore, Romanian Vehicom came up with an idea of an affordable Infotainment System for your car. Their in-vehicle audio/video-center is provided via dashboard computer and aims to allow you to watch a movie, listen to music or connect to the Internet while going by car. While the entertainment centre is mostly aimed at the occupants and not at the driver, the information system also allows vehicles to communicate with each other and checks details such as fuel composition and speed.
Find the car that suits your needs (Serbia)
If you are just planning to become a car owner, Serbian Autopijaca.com could be a service for you. The online marketplace specialises on used cars and offers sales for different kind of vehicles. They are present in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia and claim to be designed as a leading broker for Balkan countries.
Track your trip (Slovakia)
The mobile app Vezma helps you keep track of your journey and tells you how far and how much longer you have to drive. It also gives you information on locations visited and basically stores all information for you while on the road.
Go fast, go electric (Slovenia)
If you plan to replace the engine of your car, the Ljubljana-based Enstroj has a solution for you. The startup develops high power electric motors and claims to ship them worldwide. Next to cars, also plane- and boat-motors are on their production plan.
Log your car (Ukraine)
If you are not sure whether your car is fit for a journey, you may want to start using Driver Notes. The Ukrainian startup created a platform where you can login all your car's details: last repairs, costs, ownership or license details, etc. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to compare the status of your vehicle to other car owners and provides analytic software. Available in Ukraine and Russia only at the moment, the startup plans to include other parts of Europe soon.
Get your mobile garage (Ukraine)
Laus is a shelter for your car. The Ukrainian startup developed an easy to set up tent that protects your car from any kind of environmental influences. It is light weighted and can be installed everywhere, according to Laus.
Share your vehicle (Ukraine)
If you are a passionate driver but don’t have a car on your own MyCityCar can help you out. The Kiev-based startup provides an online marketplace for car sharing. Private owners can offer their unused cars and lend them for a small rental fee to others. The service offers rental options for hours, days weeks or even months and includes car insurance.
Parking made easy (Ukraine)
Finding a place to park your car can cost a lot of nerves. This is why Parkoomba created a real-time map that shows vacant parking places around you. No more pointless waste of fuel while looking for parking spaces.
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