If you’re like me and you have a bad sense of direction and poor memory, trying to find your parked car can be stressful.  On countless occasions, I’ve spent walking up and down and around a car park trying to find my car. This problem always results in stress and frustration that really doesn’t need to happen. Now thanks to a company called Dvete, they have developed a mobile app solution called ‘Parking +’ that allows a user to easily and quickly relocate their car in time every time. The app was recently released on the Apple App Store.

Coming from Sydney, I know how notorious the Sydney City Council is for imposing steep fines for not moving your car on time if the parking meter has run out. Parking meter inspectors are usually hated and have even been in public fights over parking infringements. But if someone were to use the Parking + app, there is really no excuse for not finding you car on time.

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So how does it work? Let’s say there is a huge music festival and everyone has parked their car on the surrounding streets. In frustration you park your car really far away from the venue and feel that you aren’t familiar with the location. You know right after the concert you have to rush to your mother’s birthday dinner.  So to be safe, you turn on the ‘Parking +’ app, pick your car brand model such as Honda, then your mobile will automatically detect your exact location using GPS.  You can also add notes and shoot a video or take a picture of the surrounding environment to later jog your memory. You can also set a timer to remind you when you need to return to your car. After exiting the application you rush to the festival. A few hours later you feel a little tired and delirious and you have to get home to rest. Good thing you used the app! Now you switch the app on and it will draw the route on a map and calculate the time you need to get there.  All you have to do is follow the directions and wallah, you end up back at your car in time to head to your mother’s birthday.

For the application to function properly, it requires internet connection and you need to have activated the “Location Services” on your iPhone.  Currently the app supports 130 car brands including Audi, Bently, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi and Mazda. The app is available in 20 languages including English, Chinese, German and French.  It is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch and iPad.

So if you’re like me and you don’t want to lose your car and be at risk of paying ridiculous parking fines, try Parking + out.

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.

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  1. Is it possible to use this vehicle tracker for finding people? It’d be great if it could determine not only the location of my parked car, but helped me in case my child is lost.

    1. Perhaps if you put your kid in the same place and then left them alone but that would be rather irresponsible. I think there are other devices for that right?

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