Find a parking slot before you arrive with DIVRT
Parking woes giving you second thoughts about stepping out of home? If yes, DIVRT is your answer. This new app, though currently operational only at VR Bengaluru, lets you book your parking slot much before you arrive at your destination. “The idea was to solve a 100-year-old problem. What this app does is save you about 10 to 20 minutes,” says founder Amit Rohatgi, who will introduce the feature at numerous locations in the city within the next few months.
Through the app, users can specify the time of arrival and duration of their visit to the mall, and pay directly online. “We’ve tied up with Paytm, and have credit card-enabled payment options too. UPI (United Payments Interface) was enabled just last week,” reveals San Francisco-based Rohatgi.
Launched barely four weeks ago, the app has seen a total of 650 bookings so far. “We block off 50 spots and have an average of 80 bookings at different hours of the day,” shares the founder.
While the app is all set to launch at a second location in Bengaluru on November 7, Rohatgi tells us that he also plans to introduce certain features that will add more value for users. “For example, a car washing service. You’ll get a push button notification asking if you’d like to get your car washed while you’re shopping or watching a movie,” he says.
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo