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New app makes parking child’s play

A NEW smartphone app launched by the city government yesterday aims to make life easier for drivers looking for a place to park.

Available as a free download, the program provides information about the locations, opening hours and charges at 3,300 car parks — from multistory to streetside lots — offering 300,000 spaces, Huang Xiaoyong, an official with the city’s transport commission told Shanghai Daily.

It also provides real-time data on space availability at 300 of the car parks, he said.

“We hope to extend the real-time service to every car park in the city by the end of next year,” he said, adding that the app is part of the government’s efforts to ease Shanghai’s chronic congestion problems.

According to official figures, at the end of last year there were 3.2 million cars running in Shanghai. Within the city’s Outer Ring Road there were just 1.1 million parking spaces.

Huang said that the transport authority is also looking at ways to expand the scope of the app to help solve the problem of limited parking at residential compounds.

Over recent years, many apartment complexes have failed to keep pace with the rapid rise in car ownership and as a result, their parking space offerings fall short.

“According to the commission’s figures demand for parking at residential compounds is about 50 percent higher than the number of spaces available,” Huang said.

The new parking app — for both Android and iOS systems — can be downloaded free from


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