If you live in the city, you know that parking can be a huge drag.
When traffic doesn’t screw up your day, the hunt for a half-decent spot certainly will. And if you have a monthly plan with a local lot, we’re sure your bill scares you every time it creeps up in the mail. That’s why we want to introduce you to a little thing called the shared economy.
The way it works is simple: Businesses monetize people’s already-existing assets (like Uber with people’s cars, or AirBnB with their homes) so that customers can be treated to a discounted rate on a service or product, while the person who owns the asset gets a cut of the profit. Win-win, right? Well now there are new apps that are doing the same thing, except with parking spaces. There are two of them you could install right now on your phone, and they both work a little differently (just keep in mind none of them are available from coast to coast just yet, but they are growing).
Honk Mobile, for example, allows you to see what parking lots around you have available spots. Once you find one you like, you can select how long you intend to park there and the app will determine a price. Then all you do is click “Pay now” and the spot is yours. And no more running to top off the metres either, as you can do that directly through the app as well.
WhereiPark, meanwhile, is geared more towards monthly commitments and price comparisons. Type in your city and a map will appear showing monthly rates from various lots in the area with prices attached, making it easy to find the best value.
A third app, one that’s still in the making, is called Rover. Rover focuses more on regular Joe’s who happen to have an empty parking space that they wouldn’t mind making a few extra bucks on. Those who have one can register it with the company and put it up for rent. Those who need a spot will presumably be able to see all the registered spots, and pick one most convenient for them. Essentially, you’d be parking in someone else’s driveway for the day.
With this new information in hand, you’re not longer at the mercy of automated parking metres or fully-loaded lots. Which means you’ll be doing a lot less of this in the future:
Like a glove, indeed.
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