Smart parking meters

Stuff reports:

Wellington City Council has decided to press ahead with the new sensor park technology after a successful trial in Blair and Allen Sts. The project will cost $1.4 million.

The switch to what has affectionately been dubbed “pay and walk away” will mean the end of printing out paper tickets and displaying them on your dashboard.

It will also see the introduction of a new smartphone app and a website that will alert motorists when their time is running low and allow them to “top up” their parking meter from anywhere.

The app and website will also display in real-time which car parks are occupied and which are empty.

This looks great for three reasons:

  1. Can find an available park easily
  2. Don’t have to spend time putting a ticket in the car
  3. Can top up remotely if delayed

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