Parking mobile technology takes off



This week we have come across three new mobile phone
applications, all designed to assist with parking in some form or another.

Help2Park is an Android smart phone app that allows
users to locate nearby parking stations. The user can set the radius within
which to search from their current location, and they receive a map showing
nearby parking stations, including addresses, and distances. At this stage it
is not able to detect on-street parking.



Park Circa is an online community, designed to connect
members who are looking for parking with those who have private facilities
available. Whilst the idea of utilising private parking (in driveways or
off-street parking spaces) is not new (see ScoutSpot as an example), Park Circa
links the available spaces with drivers as they are searching for a parking
space. 

The new PlugShare app is designed to address a
condition known as ‘range anxiety’ – the anxiety that an electric car driver
might feel about the location of the nearest charging station.  The app includes both a directory of
publically available charging stations, as well as a network of friendly
strangers who are willing to offer you a charge.

With all this additional information available on
mobile phones it will be interesting to see how they impact on statistics of
car accidents whilst using a phone….

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