The app that alerts you to parking spaces
Finding a parking space can be a proper pain in the arse, so someone has come up with an app which alerts you to vacant parking spaces. Presumably, it alerts everyone who has the same app, thereby maximising the potential for rage and fights.
Excellent news for pedestrians of course.
Small glass-domed sensors are being embedded in the centre of each bay and will tell if there's a car present, absent, or over-stayed its permitted time. These details will be sent to your phone, telling you where's free to park.
It seems that you'll be able to bagsy the slot with your phone and pay in advance, or indeed, top-up your fare if you think you'll be overrunning. Naturally, this will also work in the favour of those trying to rinse you for money by notifying wardens when you've outstayed your welcome.
A spokesman for Westminster City Council, who are trialling this gubbins, said: "This has potential for the whole country. We’re piloting the first system of its kind in the Europe from this Wednesday. Smart sensors are being installed in parking bays for the first time on-street in the UK. The sensors will provide the latest real time information about parking space availability, which people will then be able to view from their phones, iPad or tablet to find a vacant space."
"It will reduce congestion and minimize the need for motorists to endlessly trawl the streets searching for somewhere to park."
Could this be the end of parking meters?