Phone app looks to end city parking problems

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A SMARTPHONE app that can alert drivers to the whereabouts of a vacant parking space is currently being trialled ahead of a possible roll-out across the Capital.

The new technology uses dome-shaped sensors embedded in the centre of parking bays that can tell when a space is occupied. When the device finds that the space is free, a central database will send out information to the app via wi-fi or 3G data connection to show drivers available parking spots.

Motorists will then pay for their parking using their phone.

Once the system is fully operational, the technology will send special alerts to drivers indicating their pre-paid parking time is running out, with the option of topping up their balance to extend their stay.

However, if a driver overstays, parking bosses will instantly be notified and can then send a traffic warden to the exact location to issue a ticket.

The app is currently being trialled by Westminster City Council. If the experiment proves successful, the infrastructure could be rolled out across the UK.