How a teenager's robot can overturn parking tickets

The free chatbot has helped 160,000 motorists for free thus far...

"The world's first robot lawyer" is here and he's available pro bono if you've got a parking ticket.

Built by 19-year-old Londoner and Stanford student Joshua Browder, DoNotPay chats to drivers to determine whether or not their parking ticket can be overturned.

It has been hugely successful thus far, invalidating 160,000 fines worth a total of $4m in London and New York by asking straightforward questions to determine whether an appeal is possible.

It then guides users through the appeals process.

Browder says DoNotPay has had a 64% appeal success rate from 250,000 cases over the past 21 months. And he hasn't been charging anyone for the aid.

Talking to Venture Beat, he said:

"I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society. These people aren’t looking to break the law. I think they’re being exploited as a revenue source by the local government."

The autodidact coder decided to write the program after receiving 30 parking tickets himself in the London area at the age of 18.

The formulaic nature of the appeals process means the AI makes short work of it in under 30 seconds, helping people avoid legal fees.

The service comes to the city of Seattle next, while Browder is currently working on expanding the idea, to offer legal advice for people looking for compensation for flight delays, refugees struggling with foreign legal systems, and HIV positive people who are trying to understand their rights.

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