A newly-launched parking service could help drivers find a spot more easily in a pinch in some of San Diego’s busiest communities.
Ace Parking, which is headquartered in San Diego, has partnered with BluCar, an “on-demand” parking app to offer something dubbed “cloud parking” in neighborhoods like North Park, Hillcrest, Little Italy and La Jolla.
Here’s how it works: Customers download the BluCar iOS app and choose a drop-off point for their vehicle at specified “safe zones” in the service areas shown on the app.
Once the customer chooses a drop-off point, this signals an Ace Parking attendant to meet them at that location. The parking attendance then takes the vehicle and parks it an Ace Parking location.
To pick up their car, the customer selects their desired return location in the app and an Ace Parking attendant delivers their car within 10 minutes of choosing the return spot.
According to Ace Parking, the app offers real-time tracking of a customer’s vehicle in transit to and from the parking location. Customers are able to pay and tip for the parking service directly through the BluCar app, too.
Currently, Ace Parking said the service is available Thursday through Sunday between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The companies said the service aims to solve the challenge of drivers finding parking in busy areas and the challenge local businesses face with not having enough street parking or a parking lot for their customers.
Customers can request the service directly in front of those businesses.
“Ace is very excited about bringing this type of technology to the parking industry to offer our customers a convenient service and parking solution during an evening out,” said John Baumgardner, CEO of Ace Parking in a press release this week.
“The idea behind the BluCar App is to offer customers virtual parking at the front door of their destination so they don’t have to search for parking or walk very far from the lot,” said Michael Dee, co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for BluCar. “The app is especially appealing to individuals who do not want or are unable to walk very far.”
By the way, Ace Parking said only experienced parking attendants “who have been through extensive customer service training” will be staffed for this service.