Eliminate risk and take the guesswork out of parking ticket threats and more.
Parking in Seattle has recently become a slightly more aggravating experience. Last year saw an increase in metered parking rates around town, and combined with extended hours, it’s forced Seattleites into developing more convoluted parking strategies. And when it comes to zoned parking, good luck figuring out how those areas are enforced.
A personal example to to illustrate the point: for the last year, I’ve parked in a two-hour zone outside work for hours on end. Not once have I been issued a ticket. Then there’s the flipside: I once got a ticket in a different two-hour zone after being parked for a little more than an hour. Both streets are major arterials, are burdened with heavy traffic, and have many retail and restaurant establishments lining the sidewalks. So what gives?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer. But AutoDefender does! The app, whose name sounds more like a robotic defensive end from the future, can tell you everything about the spot you’ve just backed into. Enter your location and the application scans through ticket histories, social media sites, crime stats, and even weather patterns to deliver an accurate assessment about how safe your car will be, how quickly you should feed the meter, and more.
Eliminating such risky parking guess work is only one feature though. If you’re in a paid spot, AutoDefender saves you the trouble of checking your watch by employing an alarm that alerts you about a soon-to-be-drained meter. There are five different alarms which have varying levels of annoyance. The more annoying the alarm, the more likely it is your car is in danger of the dreaded meter maid—ahem, Parking Enforcement Officer.
The app is currently only available for Android and only fully functional in Seattle, but more widespread coverage is planned for the future. And what if you still get a ticket or get towed? Unfortunately, the task of “lawyer” isn’t a part of AutoDefender’s duties. You’re still on the hook for that.