MetroMile, a usage-based insurance carrier, announced a new feature to the company’s free mobile app and connected car device to help users avoid street-sweeping parking tickets. The app will send a notification 12 hours before the street sweeping time and a reminder an hour before street sweeping occurs.

"Our street sweeping notifications are the latest feature in our platform of services that provide practical solutions to some of the largest challenges of urban car ownership," said Dan Preston, CEO of MetroMile. “These tickets, which cost drivers more than $60 each in San Francisco, were reported to be the most common ticket issued in San Francisco in 2011, costing drivers $29 million. With our new feature, we're leveraging data to empower drivers to save the time and money associated with fighting and paying for these everyday citations."

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Street sweeping notifications will be available to drivers in San Francisco by March 31, the company said, with additional markets to come. Street sweeping notifications will be free to drivers who sign up for MetroMile.

MetroMile offers usage-based auto insurance in California, Washington, Oregon and Illinois. The company offers pay-per-mile car insurance and is designed for people who drive 10,000 miles per year or less. The MetroMile's platform of services is based on the Metronome device, which plugs into the vehicle’s OBD-II port and a free app for iOS. The iOS app offers predictive insights to help drivers save time and gas on their daily drives, diagnose check engine lights and find their parked car, MetroMile said.

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