Although different initiatives have been taken in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires to discourage the use of automobiles, such as the creation of bicycle paths, the expansion of the subway network and the
Recent electric skateboard rental system, the truth is that in the streets of Buenos Aires cars abound. For this reason,
find a free parking space It is still a problem, which implies for the drivers a loss of time behind the wheel and money for the gasoline that is consumed during those additional minutes. To give another solution to this situation,
WeSmartPark (WSP) started operating in the city.
It is a mobile application that offers a parking search service and is installed free of charge on iOS and Android mobile devices. Its objective is to build a base with free parking for hotels, companies, real estate developers and even neighbors who have their garage unused, so that anyone can rent it.
This app allows fractional payment per minute, the cost of which is $ 1.33 every 60 seconds. At the moment the authorized garages are located in Centro, Recoleta and Palermo, and the objective is to reach 75,000 users by 2020.
To become a user, you must register on the website or in the company's app. The driver access 250 pesos in his account to test the service and, in about 7 days, receive a sticker to place in his car, which will enable him to enter the associated parking lots and serves as a key element for payment as it works similar to electronic toll: In the garage, an antenna is connected with the sticker to record the entry and exit of the vehicle. With that data the money is debited from an account that must have the preloaded amount.
"20% of the daily traffic that circulates in urban centers is due to drivers looking for parking, so we think of this proposal to prevent drivers from driving unnecessarily," explains Jos Luis Valderrama, of WeSmartPark Argentina, to LA NACION. Among other details, the platform has the possibility to reserve the garage in advance and then be guided to it with the interactive map used by the cell phone.
As explained by the executive, private parking lots, hotels or residential buildings that want to be associated must have at least five garages. Of the total of what the user pays, they will receive 50% since the rest is the commission for WSP.
Born in Barcelona in 2013, this application has more than 190 parking lots associated with more than 1900 spaces and 250 thousand users in the Catalan city, Madrid and Santiago de Chile. The growth plan includes the start of operations in other cities of America such as Montevideo, Lima and San Pablo, among others. "For now, the projection we have in Argentina is only for Buenos Aires, for its quality of traffic and value of the parking time," says Valderrama.
Other digital alternatives to find parking
WSP joins other proposals that already exist in the market, such as the ePark app, available at no cost
for iOS devices and
Android This tool consists of a map of CABA where the private parking lots are geolocated with the prices they charge per hour, the address and other functions to get to the place.
Werpi is an option that was developed by Argentines. Through his
Android application, allows you to plan and reserve a space to leave the car. It even accepts payment by credit and debit card. This tool has an advanced version to reserve parking for large events and shows.
Drivers can spend, on average, more than one day each year looking for parking spaces, according to a study commissioned by the Ford automaker in Great Britain dating back to 2018. Following this finding, the manufacturer is testing a technology in that country which shows a map of available spaces. This solution works with data from parking sensors that are incorporated into vehicles to inform which spaces are free. When asked by LA NACION, Ford executives said that "since this solution is in the development stage, it is still too early to know whether or not to arrive in Argentina."
(tagsToTranslate) How the apps that allow you to find and rent free garages per hour work – LA NACION