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Seemingly every time I park my car, I see someone else wandering around looking a little lost as they can’t remember where they parked. I’m quite fortunate that most of the time, I don’t have that problem. On the odd ocassion I do however, it’s pretty embarrassing and very much a waste of time. myPark sets out to stop that problem as well as ensure that its users will always get back in time before their meter runs out.
The app tracks the user’s movements from their car to their destination thus working out how long it takes to make the trip for future reference on the way back. It’s possible to then set how long it’s ok to park for depending on the parking meter or ticket system.
A series of reminders can also be added to ensure that users can always find their car again. These can be a short text description of the location, a photo of the surroundings, an audio note or the color and level of the car park itself.
Most conveniently, myPark informs the user when the parking time expires or when the walking time is equal to the time left on the meter. Finally, a way of always keeping track of the time without losing track during a meeting and getting caught out.
For a meagre price of $0.99, myPark could potentially save a fortune in parking tickets for forgetful car owners.
Ever wonder why it’s so hard to find a good parking spot downtown? Perhaps ninjas are stealing all the good spots at the local garages. Well, if you’re in San Diego, you too can be a parking ninja, thanks to an app called, appropriately enough, Parking Ninja.
Designed to help San Diego residents find parking garages near them while out and about in the beautiful city. It shows you nearby parking garages, as well as their prices and phone numbers. This app may come in handy especially for visitors to San Diego Comic-Con who rent cars to drive into the city, so they can see where they can park as close to the convention center as possible.
While Parking Ninja is only available for San Diego right now, this could be a useful app if it expanded out to other major cities, after all, ninjas don’t just live in San Diego.
Navigon, the company behind the extremely useful MobileNavigator app, has announced that they will be releasing a series of free, single-purpose apps in 2011. The first up is help2park, which is available right now.
Help2park does exactly what its name implies, specifically it allows users to find all available parking lots and structures within a preset radius. Users first set the radius in which they’d like to search and with a simple tap help2park will track down and display every potential parking place within that radius. Results can be displayed in either list or map form, so you can find your place either by looking for the specific address or checking your current location against the map. Those who also have MobileNavigator installed can set the GPS to take them directly to the parking location of their choice, circumventing any potential navigation issues.
Of course what the app can’t do is tell you if any spots are available in the lot you’ve chosen, so it might be a bit more useful for day-to-day errands and shopping than trying to find a spot at a major sporting event or concert. Yes, the stadium does indeed have several parking lots, but unless you’re there early they’re likely all full, so you’ll have to keep looking. The app might also be helpful for those who are traveling in a new city and don’t really know where to park their car in a strange metropolis. As someone who lives near Washington, DC I can tell you that this app will be a godsend next time I try and drive downtown. The city’s already confusing enough as it is, but when you factor in trying to find a parking space it becomes a downright nightmare.
We’re looking forward to seeing what other apps Navigon comes up with over the next several months to make our travels a bit easier. If help2park is any indication then we’re in for some real treats.