I have not been the biggest booster on parking apps for cell phones. These critters enable you to download available parking space locations and directions to the spaces. Some can also allow you to reserve space near your destination.
My issue has been two fold. First why not just drive to where you are going, turn in at a sign that says “park here” and park. Why complicate your life with directions and the like, and perhaps drive by a cheaper space just because your GPS said to park somewhere else.
Second, I’m concerned about the use of apps when you are driving. Let’s face it, we all do it, check our email or respond to a text while on the road, but frankly its dangerous and illegal. So what am I supposed to do with a parking app. When I approach my destination, am I to pull over and deal with the app, or what?
On the radio this AM I heard about a SIGALERT app available in LA. It would enable you to know where the traffic problems are and how to get around them, instantly, on your smartphone. I guess you key in your route and it ‘beeps’ at you when there is a problem ahead. I thought “gee, that sounds neat.”
It occurred to me that maybe a lot of people feel the same when considering parking apps. The “Gee” factor is there. My guess is that if you are under 50 you will probably think having an app for finding parking would be the ‘bees knees.”
So, although the jury is out for JVH, perhaps as we become more used to smart phones and the convenience they can bring, parking apps may not be so bad, after all.