Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus. Over the coming year, Parking and Transportation Services will be rolling out high-tech machines and smartphone apps to ease the parking payment process for employees, patients and visitors. It’s all designed to make things easier and more efficient for everyone who parks.
Starting March 28, drivers will see the new Parkeon machines in patient/visitor Lots 1, 3 and 8, and in employee Lots 14, 16, 18, and 25 (for those employees who pay by the day).
The technology requires you to pay by entering the car’s license plate number at the machine, with no need to then walk back to vehicle to place a ticket on the dashboard or windshield. Your license plate is your parking pass. The new system will print receipts upon request. However, no permit will be printed, and none need to be displayed.
The machines also are used in downtown Sacramento, at the Amtrak station, and at the airport, so drivers may already be familiar with them.
Of course, it’s important to know or write down your license plate number before walking over to the parking machine. Parking officials emphasized that it’s important to enter the vehicle’s license plate number accurately or risk a citation. They also noted that all license plate information will remain within UC Davis Health and only used for payment purposes. It will not be shared with any other entities.
Whoosh! app turns smartphone into individual pay station
The new Parkeon pay-on-foot machines are just a first step. Parking Services will soon launch a smartphone app for Android and iPhones called Whoosh!, which will enable drivers to create an account and pay for parking on their smartphones. Within the next few weeks, motorists will be able to pay while walking from their car to the office or an appointment, or even pay for parking before arriving at their destination. In addition, the app allows drivers to easily add more time to the virtual “meter” without going back to the parking lot.
Virtual permits are coming, too
By June, the new parking technologies will also include virtual parking permits for employees instead of the traditional physical placards. The systems will be integrated for online ease-of-use, including paying or appealing citations.
For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services webpage.