- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

College freshman Joshua Browder has created an online robot lawyer that has overturned 160,000 traffic tickets in London and New York.

The 19-year-old said he came up with the idea for DoNotPay.co.uk after getting multiple parking tickets in London.

“I didn’t want to pay it, so I become an expert in parking tickets,” he told the New York Post. “I started doing it for friends and family, and then I decided it would be a good school project, so I made the website.”

Mr. Browder, a British student attending Stanford University in California, launched the free service in London last year and expanded it to New York City last month. Drivers who receive parking tickets can upload their information to the site and the lawyer bot will do the rest, the teen said.

In the 21 months since the launch, Mr. Browder said, the site has taken on 250,000 cases and won 160,000, giving it a success rate of 64 percent, the Post reported. Most of the tickets end up overturned because of a simple mistake in the ticket or signs, he said.

Mr. Browder, who wants to major in economics, said he doesn’t plan to ever charge for the service.

“I am doing it as a public service,” he told the Post. “Someone who can’t afford a ticket is the most vulnerable, and I don’t want them to have to pay half the cost of the ticket to defend themselves.”

Mr. Browder plans to expand DoNotPay to Seattle next.

He also is working on a bot to help people with HIV understand their legal rights and one to collect compensation for people who experience delayed flights, Venture Beat reported.

Another of his bot projects would help refugees apply for asylum as part of the Highland Capital summer startup accelerator program, he told Venture Beat.

“I feel like there’s a gold mine of opportunities because so many services and information could be automated using AI, and bots are a perfect way to do that, and it’s disappointing at the moment that it’s mainly used for commerce transactions by ordering flowers and pizzas,” Mr. Browder said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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