Twelve months after the launch of Singapore’s bespoke Park&Go@SG mobile app for the Android mobile phone platform, Continental Automotive Singapore has launched a version for Apple’s
The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and,
just like the Android version, is designed to provide the user with real-time information on available parking spots at HDB carparks as well as parking spaces at shopping malls, government buildings and commercial centres.
The combined map and navigation system that is built into
the app will take drivers to immediately available parking lots but in addition it will also predict in advance parking space availability with its interpretive software. Your iPhone will also alert you on the price of a selected parking space with its
integrated SMS service.
Continental, a market leader with in-car infotainment and telematics systems for the global automotive industry developed
the system in conjunction with A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, the Technical University of Munich and Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB) carparks in conjunction with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in order to test-bed a range of mobile communications to improve both the safety as well as the efficiency of transport systems throughout Singapore.
Like many apps, Park&Go@SG is under continual evolution, with new features being added to it on a regular basis, such as handicap parking spaces plus the location of the nearest washing bays at HDB carparks, for example.
All of this local parking information that Park&Go provides is serviced by the Continental Backend Platform that disemminates real-time information from HDB’s computer servers for around the clock parking information.
Developing local innovations like this also takes local skill sets and at the iOS Park&Go@SG launch, Continental also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to support a three-year Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programme in Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Engineering).
SIT is regarded as Singapore’s fifth university and Continental says that students on this programme who are exposed to the intimate knowledge in telematics will be able to respond better and deal with the challenges of developing more efficient transport systems through vehicle communications technologies plus smart mobility, like the Park&Go@SGsystem and connectivity devices.
Mr Lo Kien Foh, Managing Director of Continental Automotive Singapore, summed up the confidence that the German tech giant had in the programme. “I am confident the course will equip graduates with a well-rounded engineering capability and much needed hands-on experience to make them industry-ready for the Smart Nation”.
‘The app will take drivers to immediately
available parking lots’