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Brief Published: 14 Feb 2018

MoveCar: QR Codes Tackle China’s Parking Shortage

China has an estimated shortage of 50 million parking spaces

In a bid to solve China's parking problem, Alipay – the world's largest mobile payment platform – launched MoveCar within its app last month. The programme enables people to anonymously contact the owner of a parked vehicle that is blocking their car, and ask them to move it.

MoveCar's Chinese name translates roughly to "move a car with a code immediately" – which is exactly what the programme does. Drivers create a custom QR code, print it out, and place it on their windscreen. If a car is blocking someone's way, anyone can scan the QR code and contact the driver to let them know they need to move it.

By using a QR code, both parties remain anonymous and the car owner does not feel as exposed as they would if they'd provided their phone number instead, for example.

Chinese cities are famous for their traffic jams, but parking is an even greater problem, with an estimated shortage of 50 million spaces. With MoveCar, Alipay is aiming to tackle part of the issue. Consumers are already on board – the tool attracted 40,000 users within 10 days of its release.

For more on transport innovations, see our CES 2018: Automotive report.