Mobile parking solution provider, PayByPhone, is launching its Maps functionality in Seattle and the surrounding areas. It allows drivers to find out where the available parking spaces are and provides cities with a visual understanding of parking for better kerbside management.
Seattle is the first major North American city using the Maps feature. The functionality also extends to the Bellingham area with more locations rolling out the feature in the coming months.
With PayByPhone Maps, Seattle area motorists turn on their location services and can see available parking spaces anywhere PayByPhone is available. The maps are interactive, allowing users to determine hours, restrictions and accepted payment methods for different parking locations throughout the city and its suburbs.
In addition to quickly locating an available parking space, motorists can use PayByPhone Maps to better plan parking ahead of time.
PayByPhone Maps also empowers municipality leaders to get a visual understanding of parking for better kerbside management.
“We are excited about this opportunity to improve and simplify the parking landscape in Seattle,” said Sam Zimbabwe, Seattle Department of Transportation director.
“As adoption continues to grow, and with the addition of Maps, PayByPhone gives us more insights to enhance parking operations and improve how we manage and monetise the kerb”
He added: “The PayByPhone partnership helps our residents and visitors easily find and pay for parking from their mobile devices and makes it more convenient to explore all parts of our city.”
Clark Williams, superintendent of transportation for the City of Bellingham, said adoption of the PayByPhone app has jumped from 975 transactions a month in 2016 to 25,000 a month today: “As adoption continues to grow, and with the addition of Maps, PayByPhone gives us more insights to enhance parking operations and improve how we manage and monetise the kerb.”
Roamy Valera, chief executive officer for PayByPhone, explained that PayByPhone Maps is a major step in helping it to deliver its mobility-as-a-service promise to cities like Seattle. “We’re focused on transforming every facet of parking and kerbside management to help customers fulfil their goals of creating more livable and smarter communities,” he said.
PayByPhone is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG.