There is a parking app that will send a robot to hold your parking spot for you, avoiding you the hassle of circling around for minutes.
First, it was professional line sitters, now you don't even have to fight or circle for minutes looking for a place to park.
You will never have to pray to the parking gods again or call dibs for a spot when you use MyPark. The idea has been decades in the making, but thanks to all of the advances in technology, it came to fruition in 2013. According to Forbes, the concept came about when co-founder Ricardo Blanco had issues with people parking in his designated parking spot at his construction company.
He eventually partnered with friend Luis Mayendia to create the app that will allow you to call a robot to save you a parking spot. The company was launched in Miami, with shopping malls being the ones most in need. Over the years, MyPark has partnered with a slew of large shopping mall operators across the county to have the concept installed at their malls.
Seriously, the idea of using your phone to hold a parking spot for you is genius and guess what, it is super easy to use. Download the MyPark app and when you are ready to use it, select the location you want, tap "park now" and then "let me in." In three simple steps, you have secured yourself a parking spot.
You will get a specific spot number and once you arrive, the robot will fold down so you can drive right over it. After you leave, you will go back to the app and hit "done" so the robot can be deployed elsewhere or back to its station.
There is a downside to this awesome concept. Right now, MyPark is not available in all states, but the company is working hard to have representation all across the US. Until the app is available everywhere, the next time you are in South Beach, test it out.
MyPark is the only app that will save your parking spot for you with a robot as of right now. There could be other similar ideas, but Blanco claims his company owns the patent for the design.