Car drivers can pay for their parking fees in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City via a mobile app, under a pilot program from now to the end of this year.
The program was jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport and the municipal administration, with the app, My Parking, developed by military-run mobile carrier Viettel.
From today, October 21, My Parking users can use the app to complete parking payment via SMS, bank transfer, or the traditional way of cash in the pilot project running until December 31.
However, the app is being tested on in several paid parking lots in District 1, including Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chu Trinh Streets, and a section of Le Lai Street in front of the New World Saigon Hotel.
These parking areas currently offer 150-170 spaces in total.
Available for both Android and iOS, the app also allows users to search for available parking spaces, get directions to parking areas, and book a slot in advance.
A fee of VND5,000 (22 U.S. cents) is applied to parking slot reservation.
After December, city officials will evaluate the project’s effectiveness and decide if it should be expanded to other parking areas across the southern metropolis.
|Snapshot of the My Parking app.|