A smartphone app developed in Queensland could make parking fines a thing of the past.
A motorist fed up with copping parking fines has developed a smartphone app to avoid getting stung again, but it may not thrill local councils.
Council revenue could take a nosedive if the app, developed by Brisbane entrepreneurs Mark Schroder and Patrick Acheampon, takes off.
The ParkingMaestro app harnesses smartphone technology to track motorists’ locations once they leave their vehicle.
It alerts them before their paid parking expires, with enough time to get back to their cars.
All app users have to do is scan a street parking sign or parking ticket.
An algorithm then calculates how long it would take an average walker to return to a parking bay.
“It tracks your movements so if you go wandering through the city of if you go wandering for a few blocks away from your car, it knows where you are,” Mr Schroder said.
Mr Schroder said the app was developed after he copped a series of parking fines while living in Sydney.
“After copping a couple of those parking fines, we said we’ve got to do something about this,” he said.
The app received seed funding from ilab, a division of the University of Queensland’s commercial arm UniQuest.