A new app, Savi, which was introduced on the digital platform since April, is designed to ease difficulties in searching for parking and promises to simplify and enhance the driving experience of road users.
The number of cars on the road is gradually increasing, with data from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) showing about 26.3 million registered vehicles being on the road today, making searching for parking a difficult task for road users, especially in congested cities like Kuala Lumpur.
Savi allows users to search the location for parking spots and communicate to other drivers regarding the best areas; the identity of every user is anonymous.
Users can also find lists of parking spots shared by other users, share public and private parking lots and also earn rewards by sharing parking places.
Points are required to search for parking, and can be earned when sharing parking spots upon a successful transaction as well as purchased for RM1.50 per point.
Upon registration, a new user will receive 10 points.
Savi is also in planning with selected merchants to allow users to redeem points.
To begin finding parking spots, users only need to create an account and register their vehicles after downloading the app via Apple App Store or Google Play, then search and see nearby parking spaces on a map in the app and claim that spot.
Besides looking for parking, the app can also help users communicate with each other and get tips for parking at certain areas as well as receive updates regarding the parking area such as cars blocking spaces.
Being a community-based app, it does not require localisation and can be used anywhere, although its effectiveness would increase with the number of users utilising the app.
It currently has over 500 downloads across platforms and targets 2,500 downloads by year-end.
Savi founder Ikmal Baharudin said there are plans to to integrate parking payment with private parking operators in the app, although seamless payment for parking would be more pertinent via the upcoming RFID technology.
However, payment for public parking is not included in this plan.
Ikmal also plans to embark on a new feature for the app whereby a user can find a valet if there are no available parking spots in the area, who will assist with searching for parking and the user would also be able to call the valet to drive to the pick-up point via the app.
Through this function, the app would also give opportunities for users to earn extra income by signing up to provide this valet service, much like Uber gives opportunities to earn through driving passengers, and users would have to go through a thorough background check before being registered to provide the service.
Another feature planned is a parking rental service where users who own a reserved parking bay can rent it out to other users when the bay is not in use, helping to optimise parking.