The biggest issue with the street-cleaning notifications is the lag between your actions and MetroMile's server processing. If you pull into a spot 10 minutes before it's due to be cleaned, chances are MetroMile won't notify you in time. Don't laugh about that scenario — I see it regularly and have done it once or twice myself. People get distracted. With some of the lag times I've seen with MetroMile, even pulling into a spot an hour before street cleaning might not trigger a notification in time.
Laggy or not, the notifications are handy and could save you money. They're also a harbinger of other cool things OBD-II and broadband might do for you. MetroMile's biggest possible benefit — the pay-per-mile insurance — isn't available in California yet, but of course, it's in MetroMile's interest to build an installed base of Metronome users in preparation for that golden day. For now, you can get a device and an account for free. If I were you and lived in a MetroMile-served area, especially San Francisco or Chicago, I'd check it out.
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