Let’s face it, finding a good parking spot blows most of the time, a long tedious process that gets people mad at each other. Which is why Google’s Open Spot app could be a lifesaver. It creates a user-generated map of available parking spaces near the user’s current position via GPS. Using Google Maps, users mark that they’re leaving a parking spot, and the information is stored for twenty minutes for other users in the area to see. There’s also a points system to encourage people to use the service, and to be nice about giving up (or taking spaces). Of course, you’re going to need a decent amount of users for this service to actually work well. Let’s hope it catches on, though — and that an iPhone version appears too.
Open Spot is a free app that’s available now on the Android marketplace.