Park It and Forget It
New apps remember where you parked
This weekend's 405 closure means we'll all be taking some unfamiliar routes. And when we've finally reached our destinations, wouldn't you rather relax than have to silently memorize or jot down where you parked?
Now you can electronically remember parking spots, using the same GPS technology that rendered Thomas Guides mere pathfinding relics. Users of iPhones can open Carspotter, tap the car icon and record the location. When you're ready to return to your vehicle, satellite map imagery shows you its location. A voice recorder even lets you verbally note parking space numbers--handy in case you've parked in a structure not accessible to GPS.
For Android users, Parkdroid similarly remembers forgotten parking spots, except it displays two-dimensional maps. Other nifty functions include a compass, parking meter alarm and, best of all, a set of pop-up green flags on that map that show where parking spaces are available.
No more lost cars Driving Miss Crazy.