New app helps people find parking spots in Los Angeles

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If guests visit from out of town for the holidays, they just might want to hit tourist attractions in Hollywood. New technology can make those trips much easier.

Parking in Hollywood can be a real nightmare. Now, there’s an app for that.

“Parker for iPhone” was developed by a company called Streetline in partnership with the city of Los Angeles. For $1.99 you can find out where the vacant parking spaces are in Hollywood streets and garages.

A network of low power wireless sensors in each parking space provides information that shows up in a map on your phone. “Parker for iPhone” displays how many free spaces are available on each block. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the application can help reduce pollution because drivers won’t need to circle as much in search of parking.

The app also provides information on parking space time limits, pricing and whether meters take credit cards.