Seattle Android users might be able to save themselves some parking troubles with a new app designed to make finding a good spot easier. AutoDefender isn’t just another parking spot finder, it also assesses the quality of where you leave your car.
It does this by first using GPS to find your geographic location, and then pulling information from the Internet related to neighborhood crime rates, parking rules and ticket prices and weather patterns. A neat timer on the easy-to-use interface also lets users know when their meter is about to run out.
The creator of the app, Erik Chelstad, came up with the idea after seeing many of the customers from the Flying Apron — the bakery/coffee shop he co-owns — run out to their cars to avoid tickets. Chelstad, who is also president of software company Mossy Side, has plans for an iPhone version as well as expanding the service to include other cities.