New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have announced two pilot programs that will bring mobile capabilities to street-side parking.
The pilot programs are taking place in the Belmont Business Improvement District in the Bronx. The first pilot program enables motorists to feed the parking meter using a mobile app, the web, or a telephone. Drivers will receive a text message or email when their time is about to run out so they can feed the meter.
The second pilot program involves parking availability and comes from a partnership between the Department of Transportation and Streetline, IPsens and Xerox. The technology uses sensors embedded in the roadway to produce a real-time parking availability map that can be accessed from a mobile device or the internet.
“Parking is easier and more convenient when you know where to look for a space, and when you can pay with a click instead of fumbling for change,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “Innovative technologies like these can help make one of the basic facts of city life a little easier while making our streets and commercial districts even more accessible.”