Car Park Finder - version 1.0.3
What does the Car Park Finder App do?
Well the name's a giveaway - it finds car parks for any UK location (well, England, Scotland and Wales at this time). Over 20,000 of them.
Why is that useful?
If you're visiting somewhere you don't know very well it takes out the guesswork of where you might be able to park (no more turning up and "hoping for the best"). Designed for day trips, business meetings, shopping trips or anything that involves driving and parking really. You can get directions too.
And even if you're hopelessly lost, just click a button to find the nearest car parks, wherever you are (your smartphone knows where you are, even if you don't) - very handy.
And it's free.
- In the Search view enter a search term in the text box and click "Search".
- Alternatively, click the "Search for car parks near me" button to find places to park near your current location.
- The Results view then lists relevant car parks, ordered by distance (nearest first).
- Click on a car park in the list to show the details.
- You then have the option to switch to a Map, or get Directions.
- The Map view shows an interactive map. If you drag the map the search results will automatically update to show car parks near the current map centre.
- The red car icon shows your current position (if available).
No guarantees, but should work with most Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad), Blackberry and Windows 7 devices. Although designed for mobiles, you can use a desktop browser with a recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or IE9.
I hope you find this simple app useful. If you have any ideas for improvements then drop me an email at my website (link below).
- Created by Paul Clarke (PCWD).
- Car Park data produced by the Department of Transport under the UK Open Government Licence (OGL), so kudos to them.
- You can use the app when offline (but the mapping and directions will obviously not be available).
- The car park spaces data, when available, shows the maximum available number of spaces, not the live figure.
- If a car park is missing, it's best to contact the Department of Transport who own the data.
- The auto-locate feature depends on your hardware and may be inaccurate - use your common sense.
- As you don't need to sign up to use this app, we don't require any personal details.
- If you choose to share your current location (e.g. using GPS) with the app, the app doesn't store this data.
- When you do a search the input location may be used to provide more relevant geo-targeted ads.
- Use of this app is entirely at your own risk.
- The app is present as-is, with no warranty whatsoever.
- Maps and directions are provided by Google - see their Terms of Service for details.
- I didn't create the data and am not responsible for its accuracy.
- If you do notice an error, please contact the Department of Transport so they can update their dataset.