ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville will begin testing a smartphone application that lets drivers know where available parking meters are located.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Tuesday that the free app, called “Parker,” delivers real-time parking-spot information and will be tested in 50 downtown parking spaces from July through September. The program is available for iPhone and Android users.

“We happen to be blessed with a very good downtown, where people come not only during the day but in the evening,” Ken Putnam, the city’s transit director, told the newspaper. “We have a high parking demand, compared to other cities that may have a downtown area that no one goes to.”

Crews should have battery-powered sensors installed in 50 parking spots by Wednesday.

If the program moves ahead, it will cost the city $200,000 to install the sensors on nearly 700 parking spaces. The city’s annual fee would be $223,000.

Putnam told the newspaper that the money will come from the city’s parking enterprise fund, and no taxpayer money would be used.

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