Dec 8, 2013

Using Smart Phones to Find Parking Spaces

Anagog guides you to open parking spots

October 7, 2013
Anagog monitors users' smartphones to determine when they've left a parking spot, so it ca...
Anagog monitors users' smartphones to determine when they've left a parking spot, so it can let other users know that the spot's available
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Yep, we've all been there – you leave your home in plenty of time to drive to an event, but end up being late because you spend such a long time looking for parking once you get there. Well, Israeli entrepreneur Yaron Aizenbud has created something that could make such parking-spot-searches considerably shorter. It's called Anagog, and it's a smartphone-based system that shows users where the open spots are, or even where spots are soon to be open. And unlike some other proposed systems, it doesn't require any hardware to be installed in the existing infrastructure.
To use the system to find a spot, users access the Anagog app as they approach their destination. This results in a street map being displayed on their screen, with the locations of spots recently or about-to-be vacated clearly indicated.
The system won't indicate where all of the open parking spots are, though – just the ones left by other Anagog users. The idea, needless to say, is that once enough people start using the system, it will still be far better than simply cruising around and hoping to just randomly come across a spot.

An Anagog screenshot from the company's home city of Tel Aviv
An Anagog screenshot from the company's home city of Tel Aviv


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