Following the lead of Atlanta and Washington D.C., New York City is due to get around 300 parking meters that will allow drivers to pay for parking via their smart phones.
Drivers will have to register for the service initially, but will be able to input the parking meter’s ID number via a text message or mobile app, and can buy parking time via their phone. Drivers will also receive a warning when their time is about to expire, and will be able to add additional time without having to return to their cars.
Pay by phone systems are in place in other locales (mainly Europe) and frankly, we think that their implementation on our shores is long overdue. With an increasing number of parking transactions paid via credit card rather than spare change, these systems only make sense when it comes to a broad implementation.
[Source: New York Post]