Toronto-based startup Honk Mobile lets you enter a destination, drive there and then start the quest for parking, making it super easy for drivers to find and pay for spots even before leaving their houses.
Today, the parking platform launched in downtown Kingston. In a statement, Kingston’s Mayor Bryan Paterson said:
“I’m thrilled to see the City parking app launch this week. Being able to pay for parking with your phone will make life simple and more convenient for Kingstonians and those visiting the downtown. These are the type of innovations that move our community forward and contribute to our vision of Kingston as a smart, livable, 21st century city!”
Similar to what Uber has done for transportation, Honk Mobile wants to bring all parts of finding and paying for parking together under one roof. Honk charges a lot operator a transaction fee, and the price for using the app to pay for the spot is often the same as paying at the lot. The app, therefore, increases business for the operator by making drivers aware of the lot.
Users of the app receive alerts 15 minutes before their parking ticket expires, allowing them to pay for additional time using the app. Honk Mobile currently has more than 50,000 spots in more than 550 locations and is also expanding into the United States.
Honk Mobile for iOS is available as a free download in the App Store. The app requires any device running iOS 8.0 or later.
[via The Kingston Herald]