In the old "Get Smart" TV series, Maxwell Smart occasionally used a "wallet phone" when his shoe phone wasn’t working. Forty years later, life is once again imitating art.
According to ABC News, residents of Decatur, Georgia have the equivalent of a wallet in their mobile phones. The Atlanta suburb launched one of the nation’s first pay-by-phone parking systems this year as part of a drive to improve efficiency and offer a new payment choice to residents.
According to ABC, drivers call a local number to set up an account with a credit card. After that, they can just call the number each time they park, enter a code and draw down their balance.
Each meter is outfitted with a radio that transmits data and sensors for detecting a car parked in its space. If the time runs out or the driver doesn’t pay, the meter sends a wireless alert to parking enforcement, which dispatches someone to write a ticket. The cost: about $200 per meter.
So no more fishing for quarters in your glove compartment or sprinting into a nearby drugstore to buy a pack of gum in order to get change. Parking in Decatur: E123.