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Why Remember What Day Street Cleaning Is When an App Can Do That for You?

Scott Lucas | March 19, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

MetroMile is a new app that uses data from your car and the city to warn you to move your vehicle ahead of regularly-scheduled street sweeping.

Is it an elegant solution to the scourge of the twice a week chance of landing a $64 fine—or a little more coddling than we need?

Dan Preston, Glen Park resident and CEO of the company that made the app told the Chronicle that the street sweeping ticket "sneaks up. If [car owners] had an alert to move their car in the next few hours, we’d be able to save a lot of people a lot of tickets."

The app works by plugging into Metronome, a separate onboard data device that collects data from the car's diagnostic port and correlates the car's location with city data about the street-sweeping patterns. If it detects an incoming cleaning, it pushs a notification to the user twelve hours and one hour before the scheduled time.

There's a real demand in the marketplace, it's true. In the last year alone, the city issued over half a million street sweeping tickets—32 percent of all parking tickets. But isn't there a pretty good warning system in place already?

After all, if the free app isn't your style, there's always another way to plug into data about whether your car is going to get a street sweeping ticket. Check the signs posted on the sidewalk. After all, we already trust you with a two ton machine. Maybe it's not too much to ask for you to read the warnings on the curb too?

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