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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - Wouldn't it be nice if your smartphone could tell you where to find an open parking space?
"I think it is a great way of doing new innovative ideas, continuing to move forward on technology," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
It is already working in San Francisco, and Boston's longtime Mayor thinks it is high time Boston looked into the idea of using an app to aid drivers in finding those rather rare, vacant parking spaces.
"I am really excited about this parking app. You know 33-percent of the people coming to our city, are looking for a parking space," said Menino.
And they are not finding it in many cases.
Here's how it would work: parking spaces would have sensors under them that would communicate with a server to show whether the space was vacant. That information would be transmitted to the phones that have the app, and let a driver know where to go to park.
"You know, parking is difficult in the city, and some people go around and around, but now with apps they will be able to find a parking space, tell you where it is and be able to move to it," Menino said.
Mayor Menino won't be reelected next year since he won't be running. He says that means he will be looking for parking just like everyone else.
"Next year I will be looking for a parking space,” Menino said. “I will put an app on my smartphone also and try to find a parking space in downtown Boston."