An iPhone program to local open parking spaces called "Parker" takes the human element out of it: And during a demo this week in Hollywood, it seemed to prove itself. Spaces were quickly sought and found.
What sets this $1.99 app apart?
It uses sensors buried in parking spaces, with the blessing of the city Department of Transportation. The sensors coordinate locations via Google maps.
The technology costs the software-maker Streetline $300 per space, plus $120 each for licensing. Worth it? Not sure. But the app works.
Fox 11 News also demonstrated it successfully downtown for a segment Wednesday night.
Zia Yusuf, Streetline CEO:
"This is a creative way of showing real-time parking availability. It's a good way to use technology to help the public -- how can I find a parking space faster?"