Friday, September 22, 2017

Mobile app allows Yekaterinburg drivers to exchange parking spots

Information technology developers in the Urals area have launched a mobile application to allow Yekaterinburg drivers to exchange parking spaces between one another in an effort to alleviate the city's parking problem.

"Motorists indicate the time after which it is ready to leave the parking lot and pass [the spot] on their way to another driver," project leader Dmitry Raskopov said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Anyone occupy the vacated space can send a request and arrange a meeting. Exchange based on trust and the rating, the more a person gives a parking space--the higher the rating and the easier it is to find parking in the next time."

Raskopov said the system is unique to Russia, adding that similar applications in Europe and the U.S. deal exclusively with paid parking spots. The Yekaterinburg system is designed for free parking spaces throughout the city.

On the first day of its launch, 40 motorists used the system in its test mode. There are 700,000 registered vehicles in Yekaterinburg, accounting for nearly half of the total registered cars in the Sverdlovsk region, ITAR-TASS reports.