Smart Parking Meters: Technology That Sucks

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Don't get me wrong—having a cell phone that can do everything and even wash the dog is cool and all, but this is just going too far. The Photo Violation Technologies Corporation have began pushing out this new parking meter. It will take a picture of your car, including the license plate, and then come hunt you down with a baseball bat when you decide to drive off. Alright, this is kind of neat in a reaming-you-in-the-ass kind of way. It will support multiple methods of payment including automatically debiting a credit card if you stay past your allotted time, and also features integrated text messaging to warn of time running out. Regardless, this still ruins the best part of my day: paying for 45 minutes of parking, staying for an hour and checking to see if I got a ticket. The exhilaration is sometimes too much to handle.


The little Parking meter that could [Phoneyworld]

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I think that's a biased view...I recently blogged about this meter on my blog too, and I think it provides a convenient way for people to pay for parking. It's not just about getting a ticket, you have to consider how beneficial it is when you can pay it with your credit card and increase your time without rushing back because your meter expires in some time!!

As for getting a ticket, doesn't matter whether it's mailed to your home or slipped under your windshield wipers; you have to pay for breaking a law!!