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Review: Digital Parking Tools

New websites make it possible to find and reserve spots in advance.

Nobody likes hunting for a parking space. Yet there hasn't been much disruption in the parking industry--until now. Some new websites help you cut down on time spent circling the block.

An Airbnb for parking spots, ParkatmyHouse lets you locate, book, and pay for spots in private driveways, lots, and garages in 2,500 cities worldwide. You can search by location, date, and type of space. The site also provides maps and customer reviews. You can book spaces for 30 minutes to one year and get a printable parking pass. Have a spot to rent? Sign up for an account and add a listing. The service, which has an iPhone app, will email you if someone reserves the spot and pay you after the space has been used.

Much like ParkatmyHouse, ParkWhiz lets you reserve and pay for hourly, daily, or monthly spots in lots, garages, and driveways in 80 U.S. cities. Enter your destination, arrival time, and departure time on the site to see a list of spaces. When you book a spot, you get an electronic parking pass that you can either print or display on your smartphone. ParkWhiz also allows companies to book multiple spaces for events.

 

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