There’s a really forward thinking idea being put into play on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood where when your parking meter is about to run out the thing calls your cellphone to remind you. This sounds like a great thing from the user perspective, and according to MSNBC is also quite Trendy. (emphasis is mine)
New parking meters on West Hollywood’s trendy street call the user’s cell phone as time expires. The new meters made a connection with Roxanne Holloway, a busy actress who admits that she often forgets to feed the meter.
“It’s the new trendy thing,” Holloway said. “I get a lot of parking tickets. I’m really flaky. I forget about it. We always have our cell phones, but maybe not our change.”
Seriously though, it will be interesting to see how the city handles this and if it spreads. I know for a fact that often tickets from meters are part of the city budget and counted on to pay bills, so if the meters start calling people and tickets stop being written, that’s going to have some trickle-down effect somewhere. If we’re lucky it will be somewhere trendy. I’m not even going to comment on the bit about the actress calling herself “flaky”. [via LA Voice]