New Parking Meters Aim To Boost Cities' Revenue

A U.S. firm is testing new smart parking meters that use sonar technology to reset its timer when a car leaves a parking space.

Maryland based IntelliPark has developed a new kind of street meter that it claims will encourage drivers to keep stops short while generating increased revenue for municipalities.

"Two things our meter does," says Glen Hellman, the company's Chief Executive Officer. "One is when a car leaves, we recognize the car left, and if there is any excess time left on the meter, we zero the meter out."

"Hellman says that can increase a city's parking meter revenues by 20 to 50 percent. The second thing his smart meter does is prevent people from "feeding" meters to hold on to a single spot for hours on end."

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smart parking meters

CURSES!!!!! I cannot express how much this would irritate me.

Stop Meter Feeding

These smart meters also stop meter feeding, which would be a great benefit. Currently, many parking spaces in shopping districts are taken by employees of stores, who go out and feed the meter every hour -- leaving shoppers without convenient parking.

Charles Siegel

Meter Feeding is only a Symptom

The core problem is inadequate parking provision. Neither employees nor customers should be penalized for that. Yet they are the ones who must "change habits" developed to cope with the result of poor planning. What arrogance.

"We will keep the quarter". What an ass.

And the privacy implications of a person being tracked by a parking meter, yes a frigging parking meter, are obvious. Anyone left in America who values freedom should vandalize these damn things on sight, just like the Paul Newman character in Cool Hand Luke.

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