As advanced as we are as a society, one thing remains constant: The act of parking an automobile in a congested area is one of the most frustrating things to endure — both as a passenger (who has to listen to whatever­ verbal abuse is being unleashed) and as a driver (i.e., the whiplash you get as you scan for a spot).


Which is why what ­California–based startup Streetline is attempting to do feels borderline miraculous. The company has developed and deployed sensor technology that grants drivers real-time access to parking data that’s as drilled down as, “Turn left at this intersection and there are fewer than two open spots on the next block. Turn right, and there are more than two.”

Here’s how it works: A sensor in a parking space detects the presence (or absence) of a car. That data is beamed to Streetline, who makes the info available to the public — including the city and private parking providers, allowing them to, among other things, adjust prices to push drivers away from congested areas. Drivers then access the info through Streetline’s mobile app.

“The problem is an information deficit, not a parking-spot deficit,” says Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf. About 30 entities, including Oregon State University and the cities of Los Angeles and Indianapolis, have used the sensors. “We can eradicate parking issues in the United States,” ­Yusuf says. “I’ll make that bold statement.”

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