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How parking app SpotHero is preparing for an era of driverless cars

On-demand parking app SpotHero wants to be ready for the day when autonomous vehicles are ubiquitous. Its strategy: target the human-driven car-sharing fleets today. The Chicago-based company, which has operations in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, has launched a new service dubbed SpotHero for Fleets that targets shared mobility and on-demand services. The service aims to be a one-stop shop for car-sharing and commercial fleets to handle all that goes into ensuring there is access and the right number of designated parking areas on any given day…

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Parking Kitty makes parking in Portland adorable

Portland, Oregon, continued to keep it weird (and cute) this week when it rolled outPassport, one of the largest parking payment vendors in the United States. We didnt make a lot of changes, said Malisa McCreedy, the parking division manager at the Portland Department of Transportation. But we did put our local face on it. And that face is adorable. Parking Kitty has a cat-faced icon and a feline theme. When you pay, it purrs. When your meter is about to expire, it meows. We wanted something that was not…

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