New York City is currently testing out a service that lets people know where available parking is located and should the pilot program prove successful, an app could soon be on its way to smartphones. For now, the service is a website, and it’s limited to only Arthur Ave. in the Bronx.
Here’s how it works:
The pilot puts hockey puck-sized sensors in the pavement to monitor spot availability. The data is uploaded to a city website, then added to a map that motorists can check. Smartphone and tablet apps will be added soon. The map shows red dots for spaces that are taken, green dots for available and yellow for places that might have space.
I’m sure there will be a lot of kinks to work out after it launches, but this is definitely much needed!