Yes, other applications like ParkMe and ParkNav (also submitting a proposal here) use predictive analytics to help drivers find parking. However, the data they typically work with is based on actual parking transactions and the history for a parking zone. These models can be prone to error because people overpay, overstay, etc. We, on the other hand, use real-time data from our devices that self-report when the spot opens up exactly and also reward drivers to report open spaces by a simple click of a button when they spot one. So, the difference is data quality and real-time information, which is not easy to get otherwise.
Exactly! So, we do not need any designated spaces downtown like Zipcar would need. However, because the city is interested in people taking more sustainable routes to prevent congestion and pollution, they might decide to offer some perks to such drivers at park-and-ride locations.