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As anyone who lives in a big city knows, finding a parking spot can be absolutely brutal. Sometimes you just wish there was a way to know where the empty parking spot was. Now, if you live in L.A., there's an app for that.
The Los Angeles Department Of Transportation (LADOT) and app developer Streetline have teamed up to create an app for the iPhone dubbed Parker. The app uses the GPS inside the iPhone to locate a user's position. It will then pinpoint the city blocks with the most available parking spaces that surround the user.
Parker also provides the user with information about the spot, such as: space time limits, pricing, whether the meter takes credit cards or coins, and directions to the nearest parking garages.
The app utilizes low-power sensors in the parking spots, which determine if a vehicle is currently in the spot. This information is transmitted back to the iPhone app.
Currently the app only covers areas in and around Hollywood. It is expected to expand city wide in the next few months. Essentially this is a large DOT infrastructure project.
As of right now, Parker has two reviews on the iTunes App Store. Both have given the app two stars and complain about coverage area. It seems the app works quite well, but the coverage is very limited at this time.
Parker is now available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99.