app developed by Li Hongyi's team used 1.1 million times a month

Use of parking coupons has dropped to less than a third since the app launched.

Sulaiman Daud | February 12, 2019, 02:08 PM

Back in Oct. 2017, a new app was launched that aimed to change the way you park your car.

Instead of buying stacks of parking coupons, you simply key in your details and pay using a credit or debit card.

This Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) project was fronted by none other than the son of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Li Hongyi.

He's the guy sitting in the middle, at the back.

Pic via GovTech's website.

Li is also listed as a Deputy Director (Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Division) at GovTech.

Over 60 percent of SG cars use the app

On Feb. 12, MP Ang Hin Kee asked Parliament for an update on the take-up rate of the app.

He was also interested in the app utilisation rate as compared to the use of coupons.

In a written reply, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed that more than 550,000 unique vehicles have used the app since its launch in Oct. 2017.

More than 60 percent of cars in Singapore have used the app too.

In all, motorists have initiated 15 million parking sessions with the app.

Use of coupons has gone down

The app appears to be gaining in popularity. The number of parking sessions initiated by motorists stood at around 300,000 at launch.

It has now more than tripled, to around 1.1 million parking sessions per month.

In contrast, the use of coupons has decreased significantly.

At launch, 180,000 booklets of parking coupons were sold per month.

By Dec. 2018, that figure had dropped to 50,000 booklets, or less than a third.

Not bad.

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Top image adapted from GovTech and's Facebook page.