Parking Finder App

This is something that I have wanted to happen for awhile, and now I can just make it myself! It couldn’t quite be a real app at this point, but I think it could be in the near future. The basic idea behind this app would be to locate parking (at metered spots) in cities, such as Downtown Portland, where parking can often be limited and competitive. There are already ways to figure out available parking in parking garages, but to my knowledge (and what research I have done) there isn’t an app helping drivers find street parking.

The main thing I would want to achieve with this app is to help the user find nearby street parking, and direct them where to go. If no street parking (within a certain area) was available, the app would then direct the user to the nearest parking garage OR possibly be able to tell them if/when certain meters were about to be up (i.e. a parking space on x-street would expire in 10 minutes). There would also be a feature that reminds you when your parking is up and keeps track of where you park in case you forget.

THE COMPETITION:

ParkMe

This app  has the same general idea of what I want to do, but it is only for parking structures, not street parking.

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SpotHero

This app seems a bit more comprehensive, and really great for parking lot/garage parking in areas such as: duration presets, daily parking ,monthly parking, price, distance, etc. This one also seems to be slightly more designed than some of the other ones out there.

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BestParking

Again, limited to parking lots and parking garages.

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VoicePark

Okay, maybe I spoke to soon! It looks like this app does in fact find the user on street parking, but it is only available in a very limited number of cities. It focuses mostly on parking lot/garages, and it looks like the street parking is only available to San Fransisco? I’m not sure, it’s a little confusing. Regardless, room for better design is apparent.

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Can I Park Here?

This was an interesting find, mostly focused on providing the user with information on whether or not they are allowed to park in a specific spot (via picture upload). It clears up parking sign confusion, but also helps remind you when your parking is up 15 minutes before AND reminds you where you parked your car.

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After all this research, I might have to rethink some aspects of my app to make sure it isn’t just a rip off of another one applied to the city of Portland. I think with a good design aesthetic and some smart planning, this could be a really interesting app though!

 

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