Finding a parking space in big cities can be a nightmare. Whether you’re in a crowded area or find yourself surrounded by people who park with no regard for others, it’s almost never fun or easy. One service in San Francisco is trying to change things. A program called CurbTXT lets people text you by using your license plate number to get in touch. A sticker on the car gives them an anonymous way to contact you through your car’s license plate. Whether it’s to give a heads-up that your meter is about to run out or just to let you know you’re blocking their driveway, it has the possibility to really shake up parking in the Bay Area. Worried about spam or pranks? CurbTXT lets users report inappropriate messages, and abusers will be blocked from the service. While CurbTXT is still in its infancy, it’s another example of how we can use technology to make our lives easier and less frustrating.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.