ParCo would be accessible through multiple platforms by using a responsive site.
Users will be notified by ParCo through notifications and texts as their time begins to run out. When they open the app, they can choose to add time or carry on as planned.
Glowing spots on the map indicate parking the availability of parking. The bigger and more green a spot is, the more likely it is that there's parking available. The smaller and redder the spot is, the less likely it is there's a lot of parking available. Users can type a destination in the search bar or tap on the spots to find directions to the location.
By tapping the meter icon in the right corner, users can pull up their profile. The profile indicates how much time is left on their meter, the user, and the car they're driving. Users can change this information in the user settings. To fill out a profile, users must include car information, personal/driver information, and their payment information.
Users can also access previous transactions or electronic receipts, their current meter, and a button that will call a ParCo representative for assistance with using the app. 'Transactions' is where they can view details of their payment history and 'Meter' will take them to their current meter.
When users access their meter, they can check how much time is remaining (green numbers indicate anything more than 15 minutes and red numbers indicate anything less than 15 minutes), they can begin payment for parking if they haven't already been prompted to do so by the ParCo app, and they can end their meter before they leave their parking spot. If users do not manually start or end their meters, ParCo will automatically do so.
The home screen for the app is a map indicating where the driver is and available spots in the area. A bar at the top will appear if there is a current meter in use and the user isn't in the profile or meter screen (red indicates less than 15 minutes and green indicates more than 15 minutes left). Users will receive texts and alerts as the park in a spot, begin to run out of time, and leave a spot.
BRIEF City parking anywhere you go can be a major pain. Issues like adding money when you're away from your vehicle and knowing when you can and cannot park in a space are just a few to start. Parking meters have not made much progress since the early 1900s. Large, innovative cities like Seattle could benefit from a new parking meter system that improves the ease of parking while increasing the multi functionality and simplicity in a parking meter. My task was to collaborate with partners from different fields to create an interactive solution for Seattle's inconvenient street parking system. Once a design was finalized, I needed to create a presentation that effectively pitches the idea to stakeholders.
GOAL Use a user oriented process to design a useful and intuitive app for drivers seeking parking in downtown Seattle. Implement research methods and use resulting data to design and refine iterations. Present findings, final branding and practical applications of this mobile app.
FINAL PRODUCT As part of a group project, I designed an app as a proposed solution to making city parking more efficient. With ParCo, users can add time to their meter remotely and pre plan parking destinations based on parking availability. This app would work with the current Seattle Department of Transportation meter system to create an efficient street parking app.
Project Partners: Stephen Ateser and Mari Sagawa