NBC Bay Area reported on how two major parking apps – ParkModo and Sweetch – have adapted to the city’s rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the parking app MonkeyParking was forced to suspend their operations altogether.
In particular, Sweetch launched “Spot Angels,” a new service that provides free information to users about street closures and street clearings.
Consequently, San Francisco has held off from issuing Sweetch a cease-and-desist letter, but the city attorney’s office is still waiting to meet with the company to go over the details of their new business model.
In accordance with the city’s demands, Sweetch will now be completely free to users. The app’s creators released the code they developed as open source technology called Freetch. Freetch has received international attention from transportation experts and entrepreneurs who are excited to use the free code to help them solve parking problems in other cities.
Early next week, the app founders will launch a new project called “Spot Angels,” which will provide free information to users about street closures and street clearings.
Sweetch co-founder Aboud Jardaneh stressed that the new and improved application will “help San Franciscans avoid getting parking tickets and demonstrate that he and his colleagues are more committed to solving San Francisco’s parking woes than making a profit.”