Brains have been dashed out and arteries spilled over the perfect parking space. Finding a good spot in a busy neighborhood and keeping it secret and safe is the kind of thing many commuters approach with Gandalfish intensity. The rule of thumb is: if you find a good parking space, by all means, never, ever give it up willingly.
Here’s a better idea, though. Instead of fighting tooth and claw for that el primo parking spot, why not keep it in the family instead, passing it onto others in exchange for information about other awesome, open parking spots in the same neighborhood? In other words, why not let parking generate you some good karma? That’s the idea behind a new app, Kurb Karma, and it looks awesome.
Here’s the idea behind KurbKarma:
Users who are leaving desirable parking spots publish these spots to the community. If someone uses the app to take their spot when they leave, the publisher is rewarded with “KarmaKredits” which can be used in turn for a parking spot when they need it. By connecting people who are leaving desirable parking spots with people who need them, KurbKarma aims to improve the day by eliminating the nightmare of parking in the city.
In other words, it’s kind of like a crowdsourced social network around publicizing great, recently available parking space. Open the app, let it geolocate you, and it’ll tell you all the great parking spots available in the area. Park in one of those spots, check in, go do your thing, and when you’re leaving, check out, allowing the karmic parking wheel to revolve one more.
This is a fantastic idea. Let’s hope this gains some traction. No one needs more stress when driving into the city, and KurbKarma might actually help lower it.