Connected parking apps are becoming more prominent as partnerships with local councils and manufacturers is "on the rise".
Westminster City Council is undertaking a ground-breaking trial of new parking technology in partnership with technology firm AppyParking and Vodafone.
The smart, connected system allows drivers to pay for parking with a single click. The AppyParking app connects to Vodafone’s in-car sensor (plugged into the car’s diagnostics port).
The app uses GPS data to identify the driver’s location, and when the vehicle leaves the parking space, the sensor automatically stops the parking session, so drivers only pay for the precise minutes their vehicles are parked.
The app shows the nearest and cheapest vacant on- and off-street parking spaces and navigates drivers to them.
This comprehensive parking database includes more than 200,000 locations in 15,000 cities in seven countries.
The app reveals the cheapest and closest parking spaces in real time, including some for which drivers can pre-pay to guarantee a space, and navigates to the car park.
Covering more than 60 million parking bays in 8,000 cities, Parkopedia is the brains behind many OEM parking systems, including BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Toyota, GM and Peugeot.
The app helps drivers find the closest parking to their destination, tells them how much it will cost and whether space is available.