Vienna Gets Mobile Car Parking

While this isn’t entirely new, it’s good to see the concept spreading. Vienna is saying that they’re the first city in western Europe to replace their usual parking meters with wireless-enabled parking meters that let people pay for their parking spots via their mobile phones. Exactly how it works isn’t entirely clear – since it mentions both that it’s done via a text message and by logging into a special website. However, there are some nice side features to paying for parking via your mobile – you don’t have to run out to feed the meter if you go over. In fact, the meter will call your phone when you’re down to your last 10 minutes, and you can add some money remotely. They’re actually charging more for parking this way, but still expect it to be quite popular.

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