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May 31, 2012

Will Brighton, England Reinvent How We Park Our Cars?

Sometimes, to be fair, inventions straddle the line between genius and silliness. I’ll let you decide what to make of Adrian Bone’s Parking Patch – a device enabling city officials to monitor the length of time a car has been parked in a particular space while also enabling drivers to locate available spaces without engaging in the fruitless endeavor of “driving around.” Bone, a Brit, is implementing the device in Brighton, England and producing them in large quantities with his startup, Deteq Solutions. (The devices draw upon mobile technology as well but I’d be lying if I said I understood the details.) It seems clear, however, that if the device is success the parking meter may be destined for the obscurity of travel agents, phone booths and VCRs.