A British teenager is behind a ‘bot’ that has successfully challenged 160,000 parking tickets in less than two years.
Called ‘Do Not Pay,’ the bot asks a series of questions to determine if a challenge is valid – such as whether signs were clearly visible – and has been successful in more than 60% of cases.
The service was created by 19-year-old Joshua Browder after he became frustrated by the ticket appeals process. The Stanford student racked up 30 tickets in London and noticed that appealing was formulaic, so the self-taught coder decided to write a bot to make his life easier.
Speaking to TechCrunch, Browder said: “I created it for a few family and friends and could never have imagined that in a few short months it would have appealed over $4 million.”
Having helped people fight parking tickets across the UK and in New York, USA, Browder has his sights set on bigger things. He wants to add flight delay compensation as well as offering translation services to Syrian refugees. His goal is to offer public service through useful bots.
This isn’t the first time a bot has promised to fight tickets on the public’s behalf. In 2014, a US-based app called Fixed was blocked by local governments one year after it was launched. It had been so effective that reports say the San Francisco transport agency had to switch off its fax machine to deal with the number of appeals being made.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.