It seems like a good idea if you ever have to park in a downtown area: A cell phone service to help find and pay for parking spaces.
As reported in our News section, a Canadian company, ClearTalk Communications, is looking to install its Easypark system in Athens, Greece, where it has a pilot program in place at the National Technical University of Athens. Basically, the system locates and directs a driver to an open space and provides for paying fees (and any fines for overstaying).
Sounds like a good idea, unless somebody not using the system beats you to a space the network indicates as open. Such a system is probably more effective in regulated spaces, as in garages where access to parking is controlled from fixed entrances.
But in a garage, why would you need such a service to begin with? For example, the best system I've seen for locating spaces was in Barcelona. There, electronic signs at municipal garages displayed how many available spaces were inside the garage, as well as those in other garages in the area. Once inside, sensors at each space would switch a light above the space from green to red when a car parked in itmaking it easy just to look down a row of cars to determine if there were any spots for the taking or to move on to scout out the next row.