A parking meter that warns you when time is about to expire

Duncan Solutions offers a parking meter than sends a text message to your cell phone 10 minutes before your meter time expires, and gives you the option of purchasing more time by making a cell phone call.

The company also sells meters that allow users to pay by credit card. This option, it says, actually increases the amount of revenue a city generates through parking fees. “We’ve found that people paying the meter with coins tend to pay the minimum or with whatever coins they have readily available. But, with credit cards, people tend to put in a lot more, generally the maximum. Our current average credit card transaction is $2.22. But, our average coin transaction is only 74 cents,” reads a company brochure. So far, these meters are up and working in Las Vegas.



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