Parking meters, life, and technology

Parking in the city is tough; this we know.  When you find a spot in downtown Boston, Back Bay, open, you take it.  Interestingly mid-day it IS possible because many of the streets are permit ONLY for evening/night hours. A great thing, so people can come in, quick-shop on Newbury, and leave.

So the meter spot we found was open, but the meter dead. No life. Its cousin meter was fine (these are all solar powered now it seems).  It wouldn’t take my credit card. I’m thinking: I win!

No.  Nope.  A nice note left on the windshield didn’t help.  We come back to find some parking-meter guy taking apart the meter (apparently this is actually a real and paid-for role in the city).  Nice guy. Can’t help with the ticket tho.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  Here’s the good parts:

  • You can often find a parking spot
  • You can pay with your credit card!
  • Or, pay with your phone (THIS I should have done)
  • The “system” knows about you, your spot, if its alive, and if your not-paid — hmmm.

Tech is here to help.  We can see that it helps the city and derive more fast/honest payments, and will hopefully help us find-spots etc. The real issue I see afoot is: transportation. SO many changes, ALL tech-enabled, right?

  • Self-driving cars
  • Ride-sharing
  • Green-bikes
  • Superb urban rail transit
  • Humans want to connect; let’s do that; let’s not have transpo be an inhibitor

I think we’re at a new world, emerging, on transportation, greenees, connectivity, and truly being more efficient to help solve some of the world’s problems. I think. Yes? Do YOU think: tech will make transportation far-better, for all

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