Inspiration

As residents of Los Angeles, one of the world's most populous city, it is often troublesome to find an available parking meter to leave your vehicle at. This situation causes many people stress and anxiety.

Finding a meter in some areas can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

What it does

We can use technology to effectively eliminate this problem. Our application, ParkSpot, will find you the closest available parking meter near your destination. This is done by gathering data in real time sourced from parking meters all around Los Angeles in order to provide users with the ability to find their ideal parking spot.

How we built it

ParkSpot was built by gathering data from the Los Angeles County Parking Meter API and displaying that data on a map powered by MapBox. We parsed the data and found the closest available parking meter spots to any inputted destination within Los Angeles.

Challenges we ran into

One big challenge we weren't able to complete during the allotted time was to find a turn by turn navigation system that would allow users to navigate to their parking spot. Instead we opted for a line that visualized the route for them.

Although we weren't able to develop a turn by turn navigational route guidance that would direct the user to their parking spot, we utilized the MapBox API to visualize the route to the parking meter. Other challenges involved integrating the data from the API onto the map which took quite some data manipulation to fit the input parameters of the map.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Parking has been an issue for us and our fellow residents of LA county. We are proud to bring a solution to the community that is long been overdue.

What we learned

We learned to integrate multiple APIs and connect them in a short timeframe with a two-person squad.

What's next for Parkspot

In the future, ParkSpot will provide users with more info about their potential parking spots. We will provide a safety score that will be based off the previous crimes that have happened to vehicles in the vicinity using LA County Crime datasets. We will also provide other important info like how much the meter costs. We hope to deploy ParkSpot soon for public use.

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