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Jun. 2nd, 2006

08:15 am - SpotScout -- rent out your driveway

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http://www.wired.com/news/technology/wireless/0,70826-0.html?tw=rss.index



"Possibly the most innovative idea for helping drivers park their cars comes from SpotScout, a Massachusetts company that is creating an online marketplace where people can trade information about available parking places and even rent out their own driveways.

"You can't purchase or sell public space," says SpotScout founder and CEO Andrew Rollert, but you can use cell phones and handheld devices to trade information about when and where a spot will be available.

A driver about to give up a parking place on the street can use SpotScout to make that information available to other motorists who are hunting for a spot in the area. With that knowledge, says Rollert, "you'll pull over and put your blinker on, and someone will walk up, get in the car, and drive away. It's almost like you had ESP for when somebody was actually going to leave the spot."

SpotScout, which is free to join and has no monthly fees, only charges drivers when they actually pull into a spot. The company takes a small percentage of each transaction, using a PayPal-like system to deposit the rest into the accounts of people who are leaving a spot or renting out their own.

The parking place doesn't have to be on the street. City dwellers who are not using their driveways -- for example, when they're at work or out of town -- can use SpotScout to make the space available to others by the hour or day."

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From:h_postmortemus
Date:June 4th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
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Honestly, I think this is a dumb idea. Just too difficult to assure someone will get their spot in a lot. No way to truely validate a person actual did or did not park in a spot...

As for renting out your driveway, hardly need a special website to do that. Just post an ad on Craigslist or equivalent forum and cut out the middle-man.

Some Internet-based business ideas are just stupid. LuLu, OTOH, is not only smart but profitable.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 9th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)

You must not know how to use eBay

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Believe it or not, it's easy to use. I've tried it, as I am a beta tester.

It's an open community that works like eBay-with trust. For a 'SpotCaster' to post his/her space, they post the time it's available for, it's location, and terms of use. Once posted on the network, it's free for others to browse. If it is selected, the incoming SpotScout is routed with a map and driving directions to that exact spot. As the SpotCaster is making money from the exchange, it's their job to make sure it open for the incoming SpotScout. It works the same with garages, too as they are just commercial SpotCasters.
The on-street exchange works by someone broadcasting their future time of departure, and it's location, which is the info. someone buys off the network. You can't reserve any public space. SpotScout can never guarantee a reservation but it can have you show up at the right place at the right time for something good to happen to you.
~Drew
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