There is nothing worse than having to wait for several minutes in order to find a parking space. In larger cities, you might have to drive a mile or two away in order to find a place to park your car.
By the time you walk back to your destination, you are weather beaten, frustrated and late for whatever you set out for in the first place. The free Parker app for iPhones and Android devices is all set to change the way we park our vehicles. It automatically alerts drivers when a parking space becomes free and can be voice controlled. It can be used at the wheel and can be used for 6 months for free, by the Manchester administration.
Thus, the city of Manchester has placed electronic sensors in 200 spots across the city, making life easier for motorists. Each sensor can direct a control centre when a vehicle is parked in. App users will then simply need to figure out the next available parking space and drive up to that place, instead of frantically going all around the place.
If you are willing, there is also a possibility to reserve your very own parking space and find out how much such a reservation costs. The service is already available in cities like San Francisco and Venice Beach. I must say, this will save a lot of time and energy that we waste when trying to look for that sweet spot where we can park our cars.
It is not clear if this technology is going to be adopted in other cities, but I bet more city administrations will be open to this idea in the coming months. If you are the kind of person who hates large cars and the associated problem of parking them, you might want to take a look at the first Folding Electric Car, which a researcher built sometime ago.