Following the firestorm of controversy in San Francisco over a new generation of parking apps that let users sell or auction off public parking spaces, the Italian-borne parking app -- MonkeyParking -- has called it quits ... for now.
What this means is that the startup is breaking its promise -- in June, it said it wouldn't back down against San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who said MonkeyParking was operating illegally and he would sue if it didn’t pull its app from the Apple App Store by July 11.
So that's just what MonkeyParking has done, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"We're also leaving open the possibility of conferring further with the parties to determine if a legal dispute can be averted amicably," a city spokesperson said in a statement.
The MonkeyParking blog says the company is now “reviewing our service to clarify our value proposition and avoid any future misunderstandings.”
The post went on to reiterate the company’s goal of disrupting how city parking works: “Street parking is currently not a first-come-first-served process, but still a random-served one: You can go in circles for hours while a lucky driver can find a spot in a minute, right in front of you. It is an old and painful problem, and we believe that drivers deserve a better solution.”