For Now, As Convenient As Parking Via App Is, (in Dc, 65% Of All Parking Meter Fees Are Via The Parkmobile App) Robots Don't Always Get It Right.

Westfield says the automatic parking area barriers technology will be coming to other of its malls in 2018.  "License plates are where the industry is headed," says Bob Youakim, the CEO of Passport. The old way involved a parking staffer driving up and down the street, looking at meters to see if you've paid in full or not. The coming way: just let the camera do the work. "Cities can scan 100 license plates a minute, vs. manually looking to see if your space is paid for or not," says Youakim.  Many analysts don't believe we'll still have smartphones 10 years or more from now. We'll be so far into the future, many of us could be sitting back and have the robot drive us to work in self-driving cars.  By 2027, Youakim predicts, we'll pay a family subscription that will give us a certain amount of monthly miles of ride shares in connected cars, and his business will focus on offering municipalities charging technology for the vehicles. For now, as convenient as parking via app is, (in DC, 65% of all parking meter fees are via the ParkMobile app) robots don't always get it right. In Portland, some parkers have complained on Twitter about getting tickets because the app didn't read its license plate correctly. Or maybe you don't own a smartphone (although that's becoming rare) and only have a flip phone.  Was introducing a friend to #ParkingKitty app and found these on windshield.