SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the last year the city of Los Angeles issued nearly 650,000 street sweeping citations. In Santa Monica, nearly 70,000 street sweeping citations were issued in the same time period, and in West Hollywood, nearly 25,000 of the same tickets were issued. At $63-$73 per ticket, that means that residents in greater Los Angeles spent more than $53 million in street sweeping ticket fines. Fortunately, Metromile, a pioneer in per-mile car insurance, today announced that its latest release includes street sweeping alerts for residents in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
Working in tandem with Metromile's connected-car devices, the Metromile Pulse, which plugs into a vehicle's OBD-II port, or the Metromile Tag, a free, wireless device for automobiles that uses Apple's iBeacon technology, the smart driving app uses onboard GPS to note the location of the parked vehicle. The device uses city data and Metromile's internal information to determine if a user's car is parked in a street sweeping zone. If so, it sends a push notification to drivers 12 hours before scheduled street cleaning. Drivers can also opt into text or email notifications. People who don't heed the warning and move their car get another alert with one hour to spare.
Metromile has already issued more than 28,000 alerts in San Francisco and Chicago and saved customers an average of $1.8 million in parking tickets. Earlier this summer, Metromile launched Street Sweeping in San Diego as well.
Metromile is revolutionizing car insurance through technology. By offering affordable, transparent pricing based on the miles you actually drive, data to optimize how you use your car, and instant access to detailed vehicle diagnostics, Metromile is transforming car insurance — and car ownership — to be more intelligent, seamless, and accessible than ever before. Metromile is expanding across the US, and currently empowering drivers in California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington. Metromile is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit metromile.com.