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Wireless Parking Sensors Being Tested in SF

Yay or Nay: Wireless Parking Sensors

A few of my car driving pals were overjoyed at the announcement that 6,000 of San Francisco's 24,000 metered parking spaces will be equipped with wireless sensors that alert you via mobile and street signs, when a parking space has opened up, hopefully ending that merry-go-round game we all play while trying to park on the city streets.

By accessing a map on your mobile device, or checking out digital maps on special street signs, you can cruise right over to an open spot nearby, and hopefully use less gas in the process.

Currently in its "beta" phase, it sounds like an awesome idea to relieve some road rage. . . in theory. Since I don't own a car, I don't feel the pain that trying to find parking can bring on a regular basis, and it kinda sounds like trouble to me. Imagine five frustrated drivers going for a spot at the same time, trying to snatch it up before anyone else. You catch my drift. So what do you think? Wireless Parking Sensors, yay or nay?


Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
I live in LA, but I don't drive very often, and if I do, I'm usually going somewhere with parking. However, if I was in an area without garage parking, I might be tempted to look for spots on my cell phone. I don't think it could hurt to have those sensors. They're a nice convenience.
N9N0 N9N0 9 years
On the flip side it'll make it easier for parking enforcement to dispense tickets too. Why do I feel like the party pooper?
macgirl macgirl 9 years
In a city where you have so many peds I would fear that the people rushing to a spot would lead to them not paying attention to people on foot/bike. I LOVE the technology, it's the people that scare me ;-)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
As somebody who has been a resident driver of two of the country's biggest cities (NYC and Chicago), I think this is a fan-FREAKING-tastic idea. Note that it says that it alerts drivers via street signs -- I think this could actually make the roads a little safer, because then you won't have people driving 10 mph in the bike lane trolling for spots.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
I love that photo of California St. . .
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
it sounds like a great idea but i'm thinking that taking the time to look the map up while driving could lead to more problems.
calamari calamari 9 years
People arguing over a parking spot happens now. I don't think technology is going to make it any worse. Having a map that lets you know that there are spots available 2 blocks away would be wonderful. And, in the future, you will be able to pay for parking with your cellphone and even add money to the meter remotely. brilliant!!
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
it sounds cool--- but, like said, 5 people going to the same spot could be more of an irritant and cause some rage!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I can't decide, I've always wanted something like this because I've seen parking lots that alert you to how many free spaces there are or if they are full. I guess they will have to see how the beta goes. That car of George Clooney's is looking better and better.
nals33 nals33 9 years
It's a cool'll probably lead to more frustrated drivers. :T Maybe they should incorporate a waiting list of some sort that gets update every hour or two depending on how long the street parking's for. It'd alert one person on the list who'd have a few minutes to respond & take the parking..and if they don't it moves on to the next person on the list. I dunno if that'd actually work.. but atleast it'd only alert one person at a time. [Yeah. I know, I come up with some off the wall ideas. :P]
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
At first it sounds like a great idea, but when a spot opens up you'll have so many people rushing to it, and could potentially cause even more auto accidents. Even now, when someone sees a spot open up in a busy mall parking lot for example, people act like rabid dogs trying to get to it first. Imagine what'll happen when even more people, not within view, start rushing toward it.
neko neko 9 years
It's like musical chairs!
RadishSalad RadishSalad 9 years
I agree, though I do like the idea. Everyone will get the same 'alert via mobile' and all rush to the spot. Haha. Quite comical to think about, though.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 9 years
It'll just lead to rushing to those spots. Doesn't seem like a good idea.
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