Will SFPark Encourage Earth to Rise Up Against Its Human Foe?

As noted earlier on this page, San Francisco today launches a large-scale test of a new parking system whereby pavement-embedded sensors communicate with each other, a central computer, and parking meters in order to be able to raise prices when empty spaces become scarce.

The idea is to achieve the urban planner's goal of “sitcom standard” parking, where meter rates are set just pricey enough to always keep one or two spaces empty near a store, library or whatever, so people can pull up and park effortlessly, just like on TV.

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