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Ford's Parking Spotter is a crowdsourced database to help you find a place for your car

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Ford's big CES keynote is going on right now, and among the many future-facing innovations the company is touting is something that could be really useful to those who live in a big city. It's called Parking Spotter, and it basically users the driver assist sensors found in Ford's vehicles to gather data on open parking spots as a car drives around the city — that data is uploaded to the cloud and shared with other users so that they use it to find a spot to put their own car. It'll basically leverage data from drivers, even if they specifically aren't looking for a parking spot, so that when you're in need you'll have crowdsourced info to pull from rather than drive around aimlessly searching for 20 minutes. Sounds like an improvement to me.