How to Create a Parking Finder App: Expert Tips and Recommended Features

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Browsed our website? You might have found it that we develop all our mobile apps from scratch. We believe all our clients have unique requirements and hence we deliver customized mobile apps. Being a leading mobile app development company, we are enthusiastic about apps and mobile technology, so we love to read about new apps. Recently, we came across the Rover (P2P marketplace for parking) and the SpotHero parking app that raised total funding of around $68 million. If you’re an entrepreneur and planning to develop a parking spot finder app, read this blog and find 4 expert tips to expand your business and recommended parking app features from our expert.

We all have had that conversation at some point in time where we either say or hear “Sorry, I can’t come to that place. It’s very difficult to find a parking space there”.

This is where parking apps come into the role. These apps perform the cumbersome task of finding near-by empty parking spaces and app users just need to reach there and park.

Parking spot finder apps earn by charging a nominal fee from the user for finding the empty space and a commission from parking owners. In fact, the Rover parking app (a peer to peer parking marketplace) has a monthly subscription plan, which, as reported by TechCrunch, was tested on July 2019.

With an increase in the number of vehicles on the road, we observed an increase in demand for parking apps that you can see in the graph from Google Trends.

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Looking at this increasing demand for the best parking apps, we had a quick discussion with our technical expert, who has given guidance during the development of 15 parking apps. While discussing, he shared some important pointers that you should keep in mind while planning to build an app for parking.

4 Tips to Keep in Mind While Creating a Parking Spot Finder App

1. Market research

Before making any new business decision, the first step is to do thorough market research. The same goes for a mobile park app. 

You need to find out heavy traffic or busy places where people are facing trouble in finding parking areas. Places like malls, cinema halls, local markets, stadiums, and other such places do face such issues. 

After surveying, you will find out which areas need a car parking app and which don’t as they are pretty free most of the time during the day.

Best parking apps are those that show empty parking spaces among many taken ones. It would be pretty useless to have a mobile app for car parking that shows parking spaces in an idle parking space. 

This is why market research is a must before diving into app development.

2. Parking app design

The main purpose of a mobile parking app is to make it hasslefree for the users to find a parking space. If the app design is complicated to use, it sort of loses the purpose. 

The parking app UI and UX design should be easy on the eyes. The utility of the parking finder app should be understood clearly.

An app with an enhanced user experience will retain the users into using it every time they are in need. The app should work with a minimum number of simple steps.

Searching for a parking slot in nearby and distant places should be done with just a few taps. Basically, the app should be like a smart parking solution for users. So, consider this tip while developing your own parking finder app. 

3. Start small, expand gradually

Do not go for the big fish if your bait is small. In the parking business, you start small and then grow slowly. 

Begin by partnering with people who can lend their individual garages when they’re vacant. Pavemint is one such Airbnb for parking that partners with individuals. This way, the people earn a passive income and app users get a place to park.

You should also interact with parking providers in the city and inform them about your street parking app idea. Partner with as many parking spots in the city as possible and then gradually move to other cities. 

When you have collaborated with most of the city parking providers, the parking spot app will be able to display more options to the users.

4. Provide Information

Parking mobile app shouldn’t just provide information regarding parking areas and empty slots, they should inform about other related services also.

A regular on-street parking app shows details like photos, regular parking fees and hours unless it is a free street parking app. In fact, you could also provide information like nearby restaurants, stores, gas stations, and car washing services. 

Certain AI-based Uber for parking apps also inform the users about the cheapest time to park or if there will be an increase in parking charges at other times of the day. Information like whether the parking slot requires you to park yourself or has valet parking is also mentioned.

These were a few tips that could do wonders for your parking spot finder app and your business as well. Now let us talk about features that you could integrate into your parking application.

4 Must-have Features in your Parking Spot Finder App

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 1.  Communication mode

Every smart parking management system requires a reliable and safe mode of communication. This helps to solve the problems of the driver while finding the parking space. The app must have two attributes for the driver’s safety: 

  • Technical support
  • Notifications via messaging

2. Control system

The control system feature provides the drivers with information like ‘where to park’ and other notifications. The control system also provides up to date information regarding price, payment methods, and car parking processes.

This feature is a must in your parking spot finder app.

3. Safety

Most apps like these utilize user data. So, security must be the top priority of any app that wishes to be the best parking app. User data should be protected from unauthorized third party usage and data leakage. This way, the app retains the trust of the users.

4. Easy to access navigation

Parking spot finder apps have a GPS tracking system that assists the user to easily find a parking space. This navigation system should be uncomplicated and user-friendly. In fact, they have a street parking map to make it as simple as possible.

While making an app for car or bike parking, all these features can’t be missed. Yet, there are some features that will make your app even more appealing. Let us read about a few of them.

3 Recommended Features for your Car Parking App Development

1. Reserving parking space

This is a feature of a few parking apps like the ParkMe app. With this feature, a user can book or reserve a parking space ahead of the time when he actually needs it. This will reduce the last-minute rush for the user and the owner will have booking benefits.

2. Provide comparisons

Suppose a user needs a parking space in a certain area. If your app provides a comparison list of parking spaces available in that area with their prices and distance from the user, he will easily be able to choose the space that is near to him and fits his budget.

3. Push notifications

Nowadays, all apps have this functionality. After a user searches for a parking space, he should get notified when and where there is a parking slot empty. The app can send alerts when the parking time is about to be expired to save the user from additional charges.

Wrapping Up

We hope that now you are ready to build an app and give wings to your idea. You can hire dedicated developers for building an app like ParkWhiz, Rover, or BestParking app at Space-O Technologies.

We are an adroit mobile app development company with experience of developing over 3500 apps for both Android and iOS platforms 15 of which are parking apps.

Have any query related to parking spot finder app cost, Indian app developers cost to develop parking finder app, how to make money with an app idea on parking, app development timeline? Just fill our contact us form and our sales representative will get back to you shortly to provide a free consultation. 

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