China launches its first parking spot search engine

15:13, January 26, 2011      

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Thanks to a new high-tech administrative system, 25,000 parking spots in Balizhuang are now available in the daytime for commuters driving from far away and working nearby.

Yesterday, Beijing's Balizhuang sub-district office launched a real-time parking map guidance system called Nestca, which specifically locates parking vacancies for rent in the vicinity of the Central Business District in Chaoyang District. Commuters are able to connect directly to the owners of the spaces. So far, Nestca is the first known domestic parking spot search platform.

System users can navigate by sections, such as spots released, spots for rent, finding spots and free spots overview. The digital map, which marks each available space with its specific location, the monthly rent and the contact details, is also user-friendly.

The system ( was created by joint efforts of Balizhuang sub-district office and a dotcom company, Qi Jianzong the office director said. It is based on the reality that a large amount of parking spaces are left unused by the local owners who drive out for work early, while the people who drive here battle for parking every morning.

Soon the administrative side will release a pile of parking permits as the complementary tool of the newly-promoted car parking management system.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online


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