Here’s a rather interesting app from Google – Open Spot. This Android 2.0 (and above) app allows users to search for unclaimed parking spaces that have been reported by other Open Space users. Once the spot is marked, its color will gradually change from red to yellow in relation to the length of time it remains unclaimed. It’s a great idea, though it will need quite a number of active users in order for it to be really useful. At its current state, it doesn’t allow users to make notes for each spot to state whether the spot is metered, or is in an unpleasant state such as being surrounded by giant puddles, but hopefully a future version will bring about such improvements. Open Spot is already available in the Android Market, and you can give it a test drive.
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