During a National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, he mentioned that he Parking.sg app will be available for download from Oct 1.
The app can by used to pay for parking at all the 1,100 public car parks currently using paper coupons, said The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).
The app will be available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store.
From May to June and from July to September, trials were conducted for the app in to phases – to test its functionalities and the backend system to make sure it can withstand a high user load. The agencies said more than 15,000 public officers and members of the public signed up for the trials.
They have incorporated the feedback generated into refining the app, including adding the parking history and notification features to alert users before their parking session expires since then.
The agencies said at the start, the mobile app can only be used for cars and it will be extended to motorcycles and heavy vehicles by the end of the year.
One thing to take note – car park code is a mandatory field to be filled before motorists can start a parking session in the app, URA and HDB have installed additional signs to improve the visibility of these codes.
The agencies said “This mobile app is a demonstration of how digital technology can be applied in practical ways to make citizens’ lives more convenient in a Smart Nation”.