Real estate site Suumo launches short-term parking app

26 Apr 2017

Suumo.jp, the No. 1 site for real estate information in Japan, will roll out an innovative smartphone tool soon for the short-term rental of listed parking spaces for autos. The app is called Suumo Drive. The app will dovetail with a monthly parking rental service already on the Suumo site (here).

Suumo is a Recruit Holdings site.

Suumo Drive is scheduled to kick off at the end of April. It will allow owners of parking lots/empty parking areas to list the spaces for short-term rent, and in that way monetize their valuable assets. After registering, which is easy, they can list their parking spaces free of charge.

Logo of Suumo Drive

ā€œIt is a completely free service that does not charge the advertiser at any stage – neither for listing, replying to enquiries, nor for contracting,ā€ Suumo Drive says on its site (here).

Suumo Drive will, however, earn revenue from certain fees to be charged to the driver (short-term rentor). The auto owner planning a night at the movies in the city center, will be able to search for and rent a suitable parking space in advance – and upon booking, pay for it in the app. Suumo Drive will earn a fee for this service, which will be added to the invoice of the parking-space owner (not subtracted from his income).

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Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi covers Pakistan. Tariq is curious to dig up stories revealing the potential of technologies in turning things around.