SAN FRANCISCO (KNTV/NBC) - Finding a parking space in one of the busiest cities in America just got easier for people with smartphone technology.
San Francisco is now using what it calls SFPark, and it's being called one of the most innovative systems in the country.
"The idea is to get drivers off the road, matched up with a parking space as quickly as possible," SFPark manager Jay Primus said.
The city's new parking feature is part of a federally funded program aimed at improving transportation within the city.
"It's not good for anyone if people are circling around looking around for parking or double parking," Primus said.
Drivers can now text 877-877 and put in the code for one of 15 San Francisco parking garages. In just moments they'll find out the address of the garage, the rates and the number of spaces available.
San Francisco officials said they are not condoning texting while driving. The app starts with a serious, bright red disclaimer telling drivers that it's illegal to text while driving in California.
The app can also sense when a car is moving at more than 10 mph and pops up the warning again.
In an effort to increase the usage of the city's new program, traffic managers are reducing parking rates in off-peak times.
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