SINGAPORE: A new mobile application to help drivers directly navigate to available parking spaces around Singapore was launched on Thursday (26 Nov).
Called Park&Go @SG, it is the first product developed by the Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS) Lab, jointly created by Continental, A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) CREATE. The application, which aims to be part of Singapore's Smart Nation initiative, took a year to develop, according to Continental.
The carmaker believes the application is the first of its kind. Aside from point-to-point GPS navigation, the application offers real-time updates on the number of parking lots available in a chosen parking space, as well as the predicted available lots upon arrival. This system aims to save time and petrol for drivers looking for parking lots, it said.
To do this, it uses its backend system to retrieve real-time parking data from the public Housing and Development Board (HDB) database and the Land Transport Authority's server every two seconds. The prediction of available parking lots is based on an algorithm that analyses data up to six months prior, the manufacturer said.
Currently, Park&Go @SG is able to display the available parking lots of 427 HDB carparks, and 26 major entertainment, retail, commercial and Government building parking spaces, which include ION Orchard and VivoCity. Continental said the list will grow as more information is made available by HDB and LTA.
In the application, users can choose from three modes of carpark listing - Distance, Price, and Availability of Parking Lots. The software also comes with an SMS system that informs the user about the price of parking upon arrival, it added.
Managing Director of Continental Lo Kien Foh said: "We are looking to add more features to the app; we want to get feedback from the market itself, and more and more features will be added. For example, reservation of carpark lots."
"The users are really expecting things that are easy to use, readily on hand, before they start to drive. This is what I see coming in the next few years. Speed and ease of use. That's what drivers and users are looking for," Mr Lo added.
The application is currently available in the Google Play Store for Android. Continental also announced plans to make the app available in the Apple App Store next July.