Parking.sg App Publicised during National Day Rally 2017 was Developed By PM Lee’s Son, Li Hongyi

The Parking.sg app which was publicised during the 2017 National Day Rally by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was developed by his son, Li Hongyi.

GovTech (Government Technology Agency of Singapore) worked on the app, in collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Housing Development Board and GovTech.

Li is the deputy director of product and engineering at GovTech, and there he is in that photo above of the app’s development team.

Li shared his team’s interesting experiences in developing the app at Public Sector Infocomm Seminar on Mar. 20, details from which were recorded in two GovTech blog posts

The Parking.sg app’s first round of testing involved 2,300 public officers and took place between May and June 2017 at about 100 car parks.

During NDR2017 in August, PM Lee spoke fondly of the app, saying:

“I pushed HDB (Housing and Development Board) and the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) to go digital. I am glad that with GovTech’s help, we have now developed an app for street parking. It’s called Parking.sg. Actually they should call it ‘Parking lady lai liao’… The app will alert you when your session is about to end. If you want to park longer, you can extend your session remotely – no need to rush back to your car to add coupons before the parking lady summons you.”

“It will save motorists a lot of unnecessary parking hassles.”

The Parking.sg app automatically calculates parking charges on a per-minute basis.

A refund will be given if motorists choose to end their parking session ahead of time.

The app will replace the use of paper coupons at about 1,150 carparks, including kerbside parking spaces.

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