iPhone App Finds Parking Places For You

A new iPhone app, Parker, gives drivers real-time deets on available parking spots near you.  Well, if you live in Hollywood, that is.

How does it work? Streetline (the app maker) placed sensors in parking spots throughout 20-blocks of Hollywood in Los  Angeles. The sensors ping vacant and occupied info to receivers on nearby lamp poles, then to an info hub in Dallas and finally on to the iPhone app. The app uses Google maps to direct users to the available spots.

Roosevelt Island in NYC and Fort Totton Metro station in Washington DC will be equipped with the sensors next. The service will expand to Salt Lake City later this year. Streetline is also working to get the app on other smartphone operating systems. [via USA Today]



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