Haystack Launches Mobile App to Help Ease Baltimore Parking Issues

| May 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

Haystack Release:

Baltimore, MD – On May 27, 2014, Haystack launched a revolutionary new mobile app to ease parking issues in the City of Baltimore. The app was unveiled at the company’s launch event with hundreds of supporting Baltimore residents in attendance.

Haystack is a free, efficient smart parking system created by local Canton neighbors to empower drivers to alert each other to street spots about to become available in real time, saving neighbors time and reducing the city’s emissions from circling drivers.  Drivers in need of a space are seamlessly matched with nearby neighbors and are able to secure their parking spots.

Features of Haystack include:

  • Offer Your Spots for Cash
    Offer any street space at the touch of a button before you head out and be matched with nearby Haystackers.  Offer when you’re paying a bill at a restaurant or about to leave your home.  Be matched with a nearby Haystacker and view their progress in real-time. Enjoy seamless cashless transactions through your phone.
  • Find the Perfect Spot
    Find a street space within minutes on your way home that fits your car for about $3. Anonymously contact your fellow Haystacker if you have any problems.
  • Help Your Neighbors & Reduce City Emissions
    By offering your spots, together we can do our part to help neighbors save time parking and reduce Baltimore’s emissions from circling cars.
  • Simplify Parking Together

“For far too long, we’ve circled the block every night, burning fuel, wasting time and destroying our harbor,” said Eric Meyer, Founder of Haystack and local Canton resident. “Haystack empowers neighbors to solve parking together, it’s the world’s most sophisticated parking technology, and we are proud that it was created right here in Baltimore.”

Developed in partnership with Maryland-based Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), Haystack is the latest addition to the emerging sharing economy. The app is currently available for free download for all iOS and Android mobile users.

“Haystack is a great example of how mobile technologies can unite and empower a community to creatively address its challenges,” said Sunny Bajaj, DMI’s President and CEO. “We’re excited about how convenient, user-friendly and economical it is to use the app. I’m eager to use Haystack myself the next time I visit Baltimore.”

Haystack has also partnered with Baltimore-based foundation Living Classrooms for the first ever “Park-A-Thon” and will donate $1.00 to the organization for every transaction made during the first week of service in Baltimore. Living Classrooms works to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training.

“Living Classrooms is pleased to partner with Haystack,” said James Piper Bond, “Both our students and the larger community benefit from a cleaner and healthier environment and we support Haystack’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions.”

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