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San Francisco launches iPhone parking app

San Francisco transit officials are touting their new iPhone parking app as a way to cut down on pollution by curbing the amount of time drivers spend circling the block.

The SFPark app and companion website rely on pavement-embedded sensors installed in 7,000 parking spaces for real-time wireless data on when spaces are occupied. The app also tracks open spaces in city-owned parking garages.

The city will use the data to establish “congestion pricing” for parking spots, adjusting meter prices up or down depending on demand.

The app’s success will hinge in part on overcoming San Francisco’s notoriously spotty wireless signal for iPhones. It also raises a tricky question in light of California’s statewide ban on texting while driving: Where to park while checking the phone for a parking spot.

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Originally published by the SF Gates. Read the original story here.