Technology imitates the Daytona 500

DAYTONA (AP) – The first 150 laps of the Daytona 500 was like watching drivers circle the lot at the grocery store politely waiting for parking spots to open up. Then the sun went down, a full moon popped up and everybody started behaving like the Wolfman – suddenly in a hurry and only too eager to mix it up.

BOSTON (AP) – Finding a parking spot often requires drivers to summon their inner caveman: Scan the horizon for the target, then bag it before someone else does. A startup company is betting it can chip away at that anachronism and transform the search for parking just as eBay Inc. changed auctions. SpotScout Inc. hopes to create an online marketplace where drivers armed with mobile phones can not only reserve private spaces in garages and driveways, but also swap public parking spots in real time, with vacant spaces going to the highest bidder.

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