A new parking map for mobile devices that provides real-time availability for Santa Monica’s 33 downtown and beach parking facilities is now available for motorists.

Users can now go to www.smgov.net/mobileparkingmaps to find real time parking information using any mobile phone with an Internet connection.

Through GPS technology, the site automatically centers the map to a user’s current location and displays which nearby lots have available spaces and which lots are full.

By allowing motorists to more quickly find parking, cars will hopefully spend less time on city streets and visitors can spend more time enjoying the city’s beaches, restaurants and shopping, city officials said.

The mobile parking map is part of a larger mobile website scheduled to launch this spring, which will offer information about city services and facilities, the City Council, and links to a variety of other resources in addition to the real time parking information.

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