Dylan out to make motorists app-y

Dylan McKee who has developed the parking fairy app.
Dylan McKee who has developed the parking fairy app.

A young entrepreneur is hoping to keep motorists app-y with his latest software.

Dylan McKee, from Seghill, has developed The Parking Fairy, a free app alerting motorists to the nearest parking space as they drive into Newcastle.

The 20-year-old, a student at Newcastle University with expertise in mobile apps, won NETV Digital Catapult’s competition to come up with an idea to use open data to ease travel problems in partnership with Sunderland Software City.

Three winners were chosen and given funding to turn their ideas into reality.

The Parking Fairy launched on Monday and is available free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch.

Dylan said: “I came up with the idea of The Parking Fairy to offer a simple but smart solution to the problem of struggling to find a parking space when you come into a city.

“Using open data provided by the North East Combined Authority, once you have The Parking Fairy app, it will know your location via geofence technology.

“Then, when you are coming into Newcastle, it will identify the nearest car parks with available spaces which are open by the time that you arrive. The app also will give you directions and prioritises indoor car parks so if it is raining, you do not get caught out.

“It’s been great to have the support to develop this and be able to offer it free for people commuting into Newcastle. Hopefully if it’s successful I’d like to expand it to other cities within the Northern Powerhouse.”

Dylan has many years’ expertise in app development, running his own business DJM Development to create his own apps and also ones commissioned by other organisations.

His most successful app to date My Altitude has had over a million downloads across the world.

For more information, visit www.parkingfairyapp.com or follow @parkingfairyapp on Twitter.