Finding a good parking spot is a problem in any big city. But now one start-up is offering a novel solution.
MonkeyParking is an app that allows users to auction off public parking spots in San Francisco. Users download the app and set the parking spot they're using. When they're ready to drive away from their spots, they receive bids from nearby motorists scouting for a space.
The app sounds convenient. But the city of San Francisco says it's illegal and is demanding that the company stop providing its service by Friday.
"You are talking about a company that is taking a public asset and trying to make nothing more than a private profit," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. "Why are we getting involved? Because public transit, and the public right of way, is exactly what governments are supposed to be focused on."