A 19-year-old Created a Free Robot Lawyer! It’s Beaten 160,000 Parking Tickets

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Joshua Browder, 19, launched a Robot Lawyer in London in September to appeal parking tickets. By February, it had already appealed $3 million worth of parking tickets.

In April, Joshua launched the Robot Lawyer in New York.

The  Robot Lawyer has successfully appealed 160,000 of 250,000 parking tickets in both London and New York, giving it a 64% success rate.

Joshua Browder, 19, launched a Robot Lawyer in London in September to appeal parking tickets. By February, it had already appealed $3 million worth of parking tickets.

The TechInsider reports:

The artificial-intelligence Robot Lawyer shows how bots can seriously help people settle difficult and costly issues instead of just being used for things like ordering food.

Here’s how it works: simply visit DoNotPay and make an account. From there, the chatbot will ask questions about your parking violation, like whether there were signs indicating you couldn’t park. If you answer a question that shows you could have a case, the bot will help generate an appeal.

“I’ve tried almost all of the bots and have been unhappy — it’s quicker to type in a simple webform to order flowers,” Browder told Tech Insider. “But there’s a lot of potential for these bots to really help people.”

Browder plans on rolling out the Robot Lawyer in Seattle this Fall.

To challenge a ticket, users log on to donotpay.co.uk and chat to a bot that asks them questions like whether signs were visible at the time a fine was issued or the size of a parking space.

Joshua Browder, 19, launched a Robot Lawyer in London in September to appeal parking tickets. By February, it had already appealed $3 million worth of parking tickets.

Browder grew up in Hampstead, London and by age 12 he had taught himself to code.

At the age of 16, he created an iPhone application for Freedom House, the oldest human rights organization in the United States.

By age of 18, he began to receive quite a few parking tickets. He noticed that the tickets were often issued unfairly. He also discovered the “formulaic nature” of the process by which they could be appealed

From there, Browder created DoNotPay and according to Forbes, he programmed the entirety of the Robot Lawyer between the hours of 12am and 3am.

He is also a contributor to Washington D.C political newspaper The Hill, where he writes about civil rights and the death penalty.

Not bad for a teenager!

DoNotPay Robot Lawyer Demonstration

 

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Baron was just a shy kid with a dream, growing up in the 40's with a knack for story-telling. After a brief career in film, Von Kowenhoven went to Europe in search of fringe-scientific discoveries and returned in the 90's to unleash them on the entertainment and political landscape of America.

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