There are times when I feel I’ve thought of a great, original idea - only to find that it has already been thought of and executed. My most recent example of this is a QR Code Parking App. This app would allow you to find an open spot, scan the meter you parked at, pay for time through your phone, and add more time remotely if need-be.
I quickly found that other areas, in the US and Australia, had implemented similar solutions - none exactly how I had envisioned though. While this concept is still in its infancy, here’s what I have so far.
I used myself as the ideal target market and started creating something with the following in mind:
Using the existing infrastructure, the following would need to be implemented:
In the app settings, each user will enter in their license plate number. This will be used to confirm that meter payments are associated with the proper vehicle. A typical scenario would look like this:
This app is just an idea I had for Hamilton. Even the process of writing this article has exposed some areas that need to be more thoroughly thought-out. It’s a rough concept of what parking could be like, especially as software becomes more integrated with our physical world. This idea could also be adapted to accommodate Municipal lots and Street parking that use ticket machines instead of meters. The idea is also not tied down to any one city - ideally, this app could be used for parking wherever you go.
Please share some more ideas in the comments. I’ll continue to think about and develop new and more intuitive user interfaces for this idea.
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