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One of the worst feelings is arriving at the mall or a parking garage and having to stalk a spot because the lot is so full.

Mexico-based startup ABD Systems created the Smarty Park app (download for iOS or Android) to make finding a parking spot easier.

Using a combination of sensors and real-time monitoring, Smarty Park shows you the availability parking places in parking garages that support the app.

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The app displays parking lots in real time on a map. If you tap one of the locations, Smarty Park displays how many spots are available along with other information about the garage or lot.

The app's developers think it's beneficial to be able to anticipate what a parking looks, saving you time and energy as you go about your busy day.

In addition to making finding a parking spot less frustrating, the app also wants to reduce the consumer's carbon footprint. Anticipating parking situations can decrease traffic and vehicle emissions that would otherwise occur if the driver continued to circle a lot looking for a space.

For the app to work, parking structures and lots would need to install the Smarty Park sensors. The developer said installation is non-invasive and wouldn't disrupt any technologies already in place.

With the sensors installed, you'll see how many spots are available in a given spot on a digital display. The number will change as cars come and go.

For now, Smarty Park will be available in main cities of the Mexico.

Download.com reached out to Smarty Park for comment and we'll update when we hear back.

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Takeaways

  1. The Mexican-based startup ABD Systems created the Smarty Park app to make finding a parking spot faster and easier.
  2. The app displays parking lots in real time on a map. If you tap one of the locations, Smarty Park displays how many spots are available and other information about the garage or lot.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.