Everyone knows that finding good parking is a huge pain. You’re not paying attention to the road, you reduce your speed and increase traffic, you throw away gas and increase pollution by circling the block 80 times, and, of course, its a gigantic waste of time.
Enter SpotScout, a web-based parking spot market place; an eBay for parking, if you will. Except it’s first come, first served and there’s no bidding involved. Basically, anyone who owns a spot or garage or is leaving a public spot can be a SpotCaster, selling a reservation for their owned spot or information of where they are parked and when they are leaving for a public spot. SpotScouts (people looking to park) can then buy this information online from their computers or mobile phones. The benefit to individuals and to parking garages is clear, but businesses can also gain by signing up as a searchable destination so visitors can have a better chance of finding parking nearby!
Armed with great features like user ratings, advanced search options, walking distance from spot to destination and PayPal payments, SpotScout is quickly gathering steam and is being talked about at The New York Times, the Boston Globe, NPR, the Today Show and many more. Head on over to SpotScout.com and let us know what you think.
We recently say the CEO of SpotScout speak at a Web Innovators meeting in Boston. He responded to a question from the audience that highlights one of the most talked about aspect of the new service: “How do you manage this in New York, a state whose laws strickly regulate the buying and selling of parking spaces.” He responded, “In the case of individuals selling street parking, we manage this because they actually aren’t selling parking—they are selling information.” It’s a clever concept. Let’s see if the cities and users will go for it!