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NYC to test parking meters that can be paid via an app or text

Posted: , by Ray S.

NYC to test parking meters that can be paid via an app or text
New “pay by phone” parking meters are the latest innovation out of NYC's Department of Transportation. City officials plan to trial a program that will allow drivers to pay for their parking spots by using a special app, or text, instead of having to feed the meter personally.

The whole mobile payment system is relatively simple – drivers will first need to have a registration online, and then, after parking at a certain spot, will have to enter the number of the parking meter in a dedicated app, or simply text it, along with the time they wish to buy.

Apart from the obvious comfort of being able to pay for your parking spot right from your phone, the new system will also be more driver-friendly, letting you know when your purchased time is about to run out. Then, users will have the option of simply purchasing more time (thus avoiding being ticketed), or head back to their vehicles. It is said that the technology itself will also allow drivers to buy back any remaining time, in case they are leaving earlier than planned, but it isn't certain if city officials will allow such an option. It is not yet clear in which area of the city the trial will take place, but current plans envision around 300 parking spots in an outer borough with a good deal of retail and restaurants.

And we thought NFC was the future of such contactless payments! But then again, why should you even approach that parking meter, when you can just feed it from wherever you want?

source: NewYorkPost via Engadget

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posted on 17 Aug 2011, 08:09 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Or they can also use the NFC chip on their new phone & pay the meter that way especially if you are in a new town. I like this idea, because sometimes it's hard to get change so you can pay the meter. I rarely carry quarters, I just carry bills, & plastic. This is a good thing, times are changing & I am glad people are using the advancement of the smart phone in new & logical ways!

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 08:16 1

2. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Well this is nothing new here in sweden.
You don't even need to register online. All you need to do is send a text message to a number on the parking meter and you've paid for your parking.

Seems like the US are catching up at least...

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:36

4. Debbie (unregistered)

That is because there is so much "red tape" here in the states for ideas to take off or enter the country.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 08:20

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


posted on 17 Aug 2011, 17:46

5. Raziel14 (unregistered)

Funny thing is that we in Serbia have “pay by phone” option for years, no registration or anything, just send a SMS :))

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 18:07

6. zee112 (unregistered)

things like this are easy to do in small homogeneous countries.

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