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It aims to take the hassle out of finding a parking spot in crowed cities, where finding a space takes patience and luck. The service delivers information to any Web-based mobile device.

Laurie Sullivan

July 7, 2006

1 Min Read

Rollert said the service is free to consumers, but SpotScout gets about $3 for every $20 a parking garage would charge for the space.

Eventually, Rollert hopes SpotScout will integrate into satellite navigation systems. Good news for CosmicTap.com blogger Anthony Citrano, who lives in the Boston area and spends on average 20 hours per week in his car. "Parking is a joke, especially in Boston," Citrano said. "I'm more likely to valet the car or find a garage. I'll drive around the block once, but if I pass my destination it could take 20 minutes to circle back around." Not wanting to "pooh pooh" the application, Citrano said "there's a huge opportunity" for SpotScout to integrate the technology into a GPS navigation platform as an add-on, rather than accessing the tool to find parking through a cellular phone. But it's not only about parking spaces. Eventually, Rollert wants to sell "advance information" on all types of available space, for example, when someone or something departs from any type of fixed location. "Our patents revolve around the exchange of space between two parties, and the information is delivered on a virtual mobile network," he said. "Parking is only the first step in getting people to understand the concept."

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