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 |  May 13 2014, 9:31 AM

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We’ve all done it: leaving a parking lot and realizing you don’t have a clue where your car is.

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 |  Sep 05 2013, 12:30 PM

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Traveling is expensive, especially if you opt to fly. But it’s not just airfare that hurts; parking your car while on vacation for a week can cost a small fortune. Car-sharing services could be the answer to this problem.

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 |  Jun 10 2013, 3:22 PM

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Few things are more annoying than getting out of your car and fishing for change to feed a parking meter.

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 |  Apr 09 2013, 2:45 PM

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Chrysler is recalling roughly 9,300 Ram 1500 pickup trucks because the parking brakes might be insufficient. The brand is also recalling 7,000 heavy-duty pickups to replace their engine covers.

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 |  Jun 28 2012, 7:45 PM

Mercedes customers in Europe who drive a car equipped with “Comand” are getting access to the brand’s app store first previewed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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 |  Mar 14 2012, 5:01 PM

When it comes to which gender is the better driver, the battle continues to wage on. And with new data released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), both sides have new ammunition, but it looks like men might have won this round.

The DSA looked at driving tests taken between 2010 and 2011. It shows that about half of all male candidates failed their driving test while 57 percent of women failed. Driving examiners recorded 1,660,206 errors that led to a failed test – again men out on top with 718,244 mistakes, compared to 941,962 by women.

Women really lost ground when it came to parking. During the reverse-park manoeuvre of the test, 40,863 failed due to loss of control – compare that number to the 18,798 men who failed. Women also didn’t fare well when it came to adequately observing road conditions: 15,945 women failed this section of the test, compared to 12,280 men that made the same error.

Don’t fret ladies – there were some areas that didn’t bode well for the men. Guys were less likely to check their mirrors, with 6,899 men making the error, compared to 6,223 women.

What do you think of these results? Do you agree or disagree with the findings? Let us know in the comments section below.

 |  Jan 27 2012, 8:30 PM

Kudos to BMW for owning up to its mistakes. Too often the news is full of scandals where car companies tried to cover catastrophes with foggy facts, but not the Bavarian luxury car king, no sir.

Instead, we stumbled across a recall that BMW deserves a pat on the back for, despite having to laugh a little. It’s only for six cars…

Apparently a handful of 2012 X5 xDrive35i SUV models have transmissions that can fail to engage in park, even with the shifter in the “P” mode. As a result, they can roll away. Obviously that could wreck the car, cause an accident, hit pedestrians and all sorts of other evil stuff, but we’re more fascinated with the fact that BMW is actually taking the initiative to recall them.

Expect a call from BMW soon if you own one of the six affected vehicles. You’re in for a free transmission.

 |  Jan 04 2012, 2:00 PM

Your unused parking spot could be making you some extra cash by renting it out for short-term parking at ParkatmyHouse.com.

If you live near a major airport or event venue, you could be making a few extra bucks by using this online parking marketplace. The service lets homeowners, business owners, churches and schools list their extra parking spots and matches them with drivers who need a place to park their car.

Based out of the U.K., ParkatmyHouse.com has been operating for about six years and has branched out to the U.S. Now, the company is making great headway in Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

Here’s how it works: You can list your parking space for free on ParkatmyHouse.com. If you rent out your space, the company takes a 15% commission from each transaction. Depending on how far the driver’s destination from the rented parking spot, the homeowner can drive them to their destination, if that’s part of the arranged deal.

If you live near places such as a sports venue or subway station, you can charge more for your spot. For example, if you live near Yankee Stadium, you can charge anywhere from $40 to $60. Not bad, especially if you’re not using the spot for the night.

[Source: NY Daily News]

 |  Aug 18 2011, 12:45 PM

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]

 |  Jul 19 2011, 11:55 PM

It is amazing what some people will attempt to do in their cars. Porsches are fantastic cars but unfortunately, they were not meant to fly, or in this case, perform somersaults in the air.

The driver of the Porsche managed to flip and roll his the car into a series of open spots to create his very own parallel spot. He was probably trying to keep the car on the road, which begs the question, how did he manage to flip the car into a parking lot? Despite the impressive acrobatics session, the driver hops out of his Cayman to examine the damage and looks to be walking normally. Unbelievable.

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 |  Jun 09 2011, 1:34 PM

There are two things you may take away from this: 1.) there’s an International Parking Institute, and 2.) there are places in America to park that aren’t a painful, emotionally-draining experience.

In fact, places like Gateway Self Park, in Chicago, are actually a rather pleasant place to ding your bumper. The International Parking Institute cited this facility as well as 12 others around the country in the 2011 Awards of Excellence competition.

Parking is a $25 billion dollar industry, and the best parking garages are distinguished by their cutting-edge architecture, environmental impact, ease of parking, and efficiency. The Chicago garage, for example, recycles its own water and power and features electric charging and a green roof. Categories included “Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces,” “Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration,” and “Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program,” which does not just consist of getting your parking validated from TGI Friday’s.

Click the jump to see if your city made it.

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 |  Apr 28 2010, 4:47 PM

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The last parking garage we have a vivid memory of was in Detroit. In January. You can imagine how idyllic the setting was, with rotting concrete and whirring trash presiding over a dusty view of the city’s crumbling skyline.

Things can be different, it seems. In Miami, Florida, head over to the structure at 1111 Lincoln Road, where it seems — finally — that parking isn’t an afterthought. Swiss designers Herzog & de Meuron were entrusted to create a building that presented a unique shopping, dining, residential and parking experience for Miami’s residents and visitors.

300 spaces are in artfully arranged, with shopping, restaurants — including one on the roof! — that take advantage of the incredible design and stunning views of the city that the location afforded.

If all parking structures looked like this, we’d complain less about the high fees — and maybe spend more time in the area, leaving our car to soak up the view. Click over to Dezeen to view some incredible photos of the property.

GALLERY: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron

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[Source: Dezeen. Photos: Nelson Garrido]