Last week I noticed that SFMTA was changing out the internals of parking meters along Folsom street and I was immediately curious about Location Based Services and car aware parking meters. In a former life working for a larger tech company there was a discussion of a free wireless grid over the city and intelligent parking meters were one of the services intertwined, so seeing this finally realized is incredible! (Not to mention it will be nice to be able to find a parking space when I need it!)
He passes on this article at the Times. It appears that San Francisco is indeed putting 6,000 wireless sensors throughout the city which will plug into a network that will show drivers where spaces are open. And that's important, because according to the article:
“If the San Francisco experiment works, no one will have to murder anyone over a parking space,” said Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose work on the pricing of parking spaces and whether more spaces are good for cities has led to a revolution in ideas about relieving congestion.
Each of the "bumps" has a duty life of five-to-ten years.
Can’t Find a Parking Spot? Check Smartphone [NYTimes.com]