SINGAPORE – A mobile app launched on Sunday can help motorists find free and cheaper parking in Tiong Bahru in less time.
The Breeze Drive & Park app provides real-time information on parking space availability and parking rates, allowing drivers to choose cheaper parking spots.
The app – developed by technology services company NCS, a subsidiary of Singtel Group – is based on artificial intelligence, video analytics and navigation technology.
While the mobile tool can be deployed on the island’s roads, NCS will initially focus on Tiong Bahru for the next six months.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah, who was at the launch event at Tiann’s, a cafe on Seng Poh Road, said drivers told her how difficult it was to find parking in Tiong Bahru.
Also, plans to make parts of the popular neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly have resulted in some parking lots having to be removed, she noted.
A 60m section of Eng Hoon Street will be permanently closed to vehicles. In December 2021, authorities converted 13 street parking spaces in front of a row of shops on Havelock Road into an extended walkway after an attempt.
Ms. Indranee pointed out that there are many parking lots around Tiong Bahru, and the new app can help drivers enlarge them.
Song Yong How, 40, from Tiong Bahru, who tested the app in August, said: “Before using the app, I had to drive around the area for a long time to find a parking space and sometimes I still couldn’t find a place Find. “
He added that the lack of parking spaces in the neighborhood has led to motorists parking illegally and sometimes blocking stretches of road.
“There are parking lots in the neighborhood, but they would be a five-minute walk from the trendy and popular parts of Tiong Bahru,” the official said.