AutoDefender FAQ

  1. Isn’t this illegal?
    1. No. The AutoDefender neural networks are all trained on legally obtained data to help promote local communities and human interaction.
  2. What do the levels mean?
    1. Low threat one bar (1 green bar) – AutoDefender believes you probably won’t get a parking ticket or have your car stolen. Leaving your keys in the car or parking on the sidewalk probably won’t keep these events from happening….
    2. Medium threat three bar (3 yellow bars) – AutoDefender thinks you have a potential at having the threat come to fruition. Like flipping a coin….do you feel lucky?
    3. High threat five bars (5 red bars) – AutoDefender says “watch out!” There is a very high likelihood of the threat happening. Probably safer to park somewhere else or put extra money in the meter.
  3. Am I guaranteed not to get a ticket?
    1. No. AutoDefender will let you know what your chances are based upon a whole bunch of factors, but if you do something really obvious like parking in front of a fire hydrant or up on the sidewalk, someone just may call in a complaint.
  4. What happens if I’m not in the specific city AutoDefender has been trained for?
    1. You will get a “General” threat assessment. This uses the same technology, but a generalized set of data from a number of cities across the US, focusing on those closest to you. It is not as accurate as the specific data for each city, but still gives you valuable information.
  5. When is my city coming?
    1. We are working diligently to get as many cities as possible into AutoDefender. Please send us a request and let us know you’d like your city ( ) and in the meantime, the “General” mode of AutoDefender should help.
  6. How do I request a city?
    1. Send us an email and ask!
  7. How long does my city subscription last?
    1. Forever. That’s a long time.
  8. Why are different cities different prices?
    1. AutoDefender has different means of getting data from each city, some easy, and some difficult and expensive. We want to pass the cost savings on to our users, so we do, by having variable and modular city pricing.
  9. Does AutoDefender benefit the local business communities?
    1. Yes. By reducing the stress on shoppers and visitors to a business community, people can spend a bit more time relaxing and spending their money in the local community. In business speak, this is a reduction in “barriers to purchase” for the consumer, which promotes the viability of shopping locally. Sorry Amazon and WalMart with your “leveraged” labor and your giant parking lots.
  10. What does the general mode mean?
    1. Since AutoDefender does not have information for every city in the United States, it uses all of the information it does have to create a “General” prediction for those places where specific information is not available.
  11. How does AutoDefender work?
    1. AutoDefender uses neural networks trained specifically for a given region or city on legally obtained data. Some is public, some is not. The inputs, although proprietary, contain elements of past parking enforcement activity, location, weather conditions, public sentiment and activity, time, date, and even locations of doughnut shops. Although everything is considered, not all inputs are equal, and each city has its own neural networks with their own set of inputs.
  12. Does AutoDefender promote illegal activity?
    1. No. Although car thieves can use AutoDefender too, letting them know lots of cars get stolen from a particular block doesn’t help them find cars to steal or places without police. As far as parking goes, the parking enforcement staff of a city prioritize the areas they patrol. AutoDefender actually assists by letting the citizens know what areas the city would like to keep parking spots rotating.
  13. Does AutoDefender reduce the money available for a city police department?
    1. No. Police departments are funded directly by our tax dollars, and have a budget that is set by the city. By helping to increase the viability of the local business community, small business jobs are created and predictable tax revenue flows back to the city for programs such as police and schools.