Searching for a parking spot—especially one in the city—can be infu­ri­ating, not to men­tion time-​​consuming.

Enter North­eastern alumnus Onur Erikoglu, E’12, and his cousin Caglar, who have devel­oped a free crowd­sourcing appli­ca­tion to make the pur­suit of the elu­sive parking spot easier and more effi­cient. Dubbed Parqt, the app lets users know when spots become avail­able. It launched on Nov. 11 and has already racked up some 2,500 users in cities across the country.

The main goal here is to create a com­mu­nity that solves the street parking problem,” Onur said. On a loftier note, he hopes the app could help “reduce our carbon foot­print, because end­less dri­ving cre­ates a lot of carbon emission.”

The idea took shape in the spring, when the young entre­pre­neurs became fed up with looking for parking spots in Boston for extended periods of time.

The app’s main fea­ture allows users to set a parking timer when they “check in” to a new spot and adver­tise to other users where the spot will become available.

The app’s patent-​​pending tech­nology uses a phone’s and car’s Blue­tooth paired/​unpaired infor­ma­tion to record whether or not the spot is vacant.

It’s a seam­less expe­ri­ence,” Erikoglu explained. “It also cap­tures where your car is parked so you won’t forget.”

Parqt users choose how much infor­ma­tion about their car they want to share. They could choose to share only the loca­tion of the parking spot, or include the make, model, and color of their vehicle.

In order to incen­tivize people to use the app, those who “check in” to a spot will earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards. “Users are def­i­nitely more engaged when there is an incen­tive like this,” Erikoglu noted. “You will be rewarded by simply turning your car’s engine on and off.”

He learned about the power of incen­tives while on co-​​op with a Boston-​​based com­pany that rewards man­u­fac­turing sites to decrease their elec­tricity use.

North­eastern really gave me an entre­pre­neurial view of the world and the tools I needed to go ahead with this idea,” he noted.