Jun 26, 2019

Waze and SpotHero tackle parking-related street congestion

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SpotHero is integrating Waze, a navigation app owned by Google, into its app to enable its customers nationwide to more directly navigate to a pre-booked parking spot near their destination. The two companies already teamed up last summer to facilitate navigation in underground or tunnel areas of Chicago via location beacons.

Why it matters: Americans spend 17 hours per year on average searching for parking, costing them $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions, according to INRIX. Both companies say they aim to help reduce congestion by helping cars more efficiently get to their destinations.

How it works: After users find and book a parking spot in SpotHero’s app, they can hit a button for directions to that lot or garage. If they’re already Waze users, the app will open on their smartphone, pre-set to the destination, or they’ll be prompted to downloaded if they don’t already have it. A button will also let them toggle to their reservation ticket when they reach the garage.

  • Currently there’s no button inside the Waze app that guides its users to SpotHero’s app, though it’s something both companies hinted could be in the works for the future.
  • Adam Fried, head of Waze product partnerships, also told Axios the company is thinking about helping users get to their final destinations once they’ve parked their vehicles, though he declined to share more details about its plans.

Tracking success: The companies will be looking at metrics like user engagement—how often SpotHero’s customers use Waze to get to their parking spot—and how much time and distance the integration has likely save users, though they're still figuring out exact metrics and methodologies

The deal doesn’t have a financial component, SpotHero CEO Mark Lawrence told Axios.

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Acting Navy head apologizes for calling fired captain "stupid"

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized Monday for calling Capt. Brett Crozier, the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, "too naïve or too stupid" over his letter pleading for help following a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

The big picture: His apology came after President Trump told a news briefing earlier Monday he would "get involved" following a leak of Modly's remarks to the ship's crew on Crozier, who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus, which were obtained by CNN.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions overturned

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's ruling means he can be immediately released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

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