With over 250 cities with a population over one million, parking in China can be a problem.
Motorists in Yangzhong city are the first in China to benefit from technology which guides drivers to available parking spaces, and lets them pay using a smartphone.
Hungarian company EPS Global rolled out its smart parking system in January, but says progress has been halted by COVID-19.
The local government has required all parking complexes to sign up, so drivers have access to street parking, as well as car parks owned by hotels, hospitals and department stores. One thousand parking sensors have already been installed in Yangzhong City.
Drivers are able to pay using WeChat, or to parking wardens, and are notified if their time is running out. If a driver has parked but not paid, a warden issues a ticket containing a QR code. The driver scans it to pay what he owes, but doesn’t get fined.