PAYING for parking shouldn’t be a hassle, but it can be. Queues at the point of payment and the consequences of losing a parking ticket can be frustrating.But a new mobile app called KaChing Parking aims to change all that.Cofounder Jaco Marais says KaChing Parking uses licence plate recognition (LPR) technology to open the boom gate when users arrive at and exit a parking lot.It then automatically deducts the parking fee from the driver’s credit card or prepaid account. LPR captures video or still images of licence plates, explains Marais.Users download the app, which is available on the Apple iStore and Google Play store, and register their details, including banking details.KaChing is already available at Melrose Arch, Campus Square and Morningside shopping centres, and will soon be available at the Pavilion in Durban and Thrupps Centre in Johannesburg.Marais says the reason he and the other cofounders, William Cosby and Rudolph de Wet, created the service was that as drivers “we...

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