Newcastle student launches magical parking app

Newcastle student launches magical parking app

A Newcastle University student has launched a new app to help solve city centre parking problems.

The free app, The Parking Fairy, detects a users location and sends alerts directing to the nearest available parking space.

Dylan McKee (20) was one of three winners of NETV Digital Catapult’s competition to come up with an idea using open data to ease travel problems, in partnership with Sunderland Software City.

McKee said: “I came up with the idea of The Parking Fairy to offer a simple but smart solution to the problem of struggling to find a parking space when you come into a city.

“Using open data provided by the North East Combined Authority, once you have The Parking Fairy app, it will know your location via geofence technology and, when you are coming into Newcastle, will identify the nearest car parks with available spaces which are open by the time that you arrive.“

McKee has also used his app expertise to ensure that the app considers the weather too, prioritising indoor car parks if it is raining.

“Hopefully if it’s successful I’d like to expand to other cities within the Northern Powerhouse, expanding from the North East,” he added.

The Parking Fairy app is available free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch, and online.