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On-demand parking service Luxe is testing a scheduling feature that will allow users to specify when exactly they’d want their cars returned to them.
A small group of users in each of the cities Luxe operates in are currently testing this feature, the company confirmed with VentureBeat.
Luxe tells us there’s no specific timing for a wider roll-out, but if you’re in this test group, you’ll be able to use the scheduling feature on your Android device now (iOS support is coming soon).
Competing alongside Zirx and Vatler, Luxe is pursuing new offerings to attract more users. In March 2015, the company said it saw a 90 percent monthly growth rate in customers and 97 percent monthly increase in transactions.
Here’s how the new feature works: With the updated app, find a Luxe valet and drop off your car. Then the app will display an alert asking if you want to pick up your vehicle immediately, or if you want to schedule a drop-off. That’s it. You can choose the time you want to have your vehicle dropped off at your location in increments of 15 minutes. There’s no extra fee for this feature.
This concept is all a matter of convenience and flexibility, Luxe’s Vice President of Product Management Phil Farhi told us. Scheduling drop-offs won’t be applicable in some cases, but in those instances where you have greater control over when you’ll be ready for your car, this can come in handy, say after a meeting or perhaps at an event where you know when it’ll end.
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It’s all about making sure that you’re not wasting time waiting for your vehicle.
Luxe is available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and soon New York, Washington, DC, Austin, and Philadelphia. It has raised $25.5 million in funding from numerous investors including Redpoint Ventures, Venrock, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, and others.
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