New smartphone app helps drivers find parking faster in Old Town Scottsdale

| Mike Gertzman

Drivers in northeast Old Town Scottsdale can now find parking faster with a new smartphone app called “Parker” that displays available free on-street parking.

As part of a pilot program, 834 sensors were embedded in each on-street parking space from Scottsdale Road east to 75th Street between Indian School and Camelback roads. The sensors relay data to a free phone app that displays street-by-street parking availability.

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The parking app also provides alerts for when parking limits are about to expire and directions for drivers to get back to their vehicles, making it easier for drivers to comply with parking time restrictions. For visitors who need to park longer than three hours, the app also shows where nearby parking lots and garages with unlimited free parking are located.

The pilot is for one year but can be extended for up to five years. The city welcomes comments about the system.

Like with other phone apps associated with driving, such as map apps, drivers should park or move out of a travel lane before interacting with the parking app. Once drivers select a parking area near their destination, the app can provide audible directions.

[Parker app for iPhone]

[Parker app for Android]

[Visitor’s guide to Old Town Scottsdale parking]


(Photo: The parking app color codes streets based on parking availability.)