From time to time, Google Labs comes around the corner with interesting new products which either make it commercially to the market - or not. Now, the engineers from Google Labs have launched "Open Spot" for Android smartphones which allows people - who are leaving parking spots - to share their spots with people who are searching for parking. Open Spot will show users parking spots located within a ~1.5 km / ~0.9 (mi) radius of the current location. As users move, Open Spot will automatically refresh to show parking spots of where the device is currently moving. To make sure sports are as up to date as possible, open spots are removed from the map after 20 minutes.
The freshness of a reported spot is indicated by red, orange and yellow pins: Red pins are freshly-marked spots orange pins are spots marked over 5 minutes ago and yellow pins are spots marked over 10 minutes ago.
Open Spot requires an Android phone running Android 2.0 or higher and is currently only available in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands. It can now be downloaded free of charge from Google's Android Market.
Cheers ~ Arne