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Smartphone app helps you find a parking spotSan Francisco last month launched a new smartphone app that alerts people to available parking spots in the congested city. CNET's Kara Tsuboi takes the app for a test drive.
-I hate driving downtown. It's gonna be congested and It's gonna be hard to find a parking spot. -To run an errand that is banking downtown San Francisco, Damon Walter is using brand new app for his smart phone SF Park. -If I lack of this probably pretty battling to where I can have parking spot. -We estimate the 30% of the traffic congestion in the city, it's related to people circling looking for parking spot. -Nathaniel Ford is the CEO of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. With the help of grant money and private funds, this agency created the nation's first app to help drivers find parking spots in other major US cities such as Washington DC and Los Angeles are paying attention. -We look at this as a solution to one, improve parking availability in the city, properly [unk] congestion, and to speed our transit system, and then also helps you with greenhouse gasses. It's a win-win for everyone. -Oh no. -Yup, on the spot. -On the spot. Throughout the city of San Francisco, there are 17,000embedded sensors that wirelessly assisting parking availability data, 2 servers. When using the app, it does cause with a warning that using a handheld device to operate this application while driving is dangerous and against the law of California, so best to have a copilot do the navigating. -So, I take any time [unk] -In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi cnet.com for CBS news.