An app that fights your parking tickets for you. What’ll they think of next?
The San Francisco-based company, Fixed, with an app of the same name, asks only that you take out your iPhone and snap a pic of your parking ticket. Then the company checks for errors on the ticket, and sends an letter of contest on your behalf to the city.
Fixed piloted its app in San Francisco in January. The company has just announced that it’s taken a $1.2 million round of seed funding from Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu, and David King.
In San Francisco 35,000 users have already signed up for the app, the company says.
Fixed says more than 300 San Francisco parking tickets are being contested through its app per week. That’s about 1 percent of the 28,000 parking tickets issued in the city every week. San Francisco took in $83 million in parking tickets in 2012.
Fixed manages to overturn 20 to 30 percent of the tickets it contests, depending on the type of violation.
If Fixed is able to scale up its service successfully in San Francisco, it says, it will launch next in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. The company hopes to launch service in the top 100 cities within the next two years.
Hat Tip: TechCrunch