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Parking Found on a PDA: Is That Ticketable?

The parking madness continues! It seems that San Francisco has been granted some funds by the Department of Transportation to work on a sensor-based project where empty parking spots will show up on a Web map or database that's accessible via mobile devices.

Any tool to help us find parking is swell, but it's a little incredulous that MUNI's director seems to be suggesting that reading your PDA while driving is a good idea. People looking for parking are mean, stressed, and/or inconsiderate enough— add a little screen to the mix, we're talking potential disaster. But breath easy for now: bikers, pedestrians, and other drivers won't need to develop eyes in the back of their heads for several years, when it's thought that the program will finally be up and running.

· New Online Tool Will Get You A Parking Spot [ABC 7]
· The Best Laid Plans: Parking Proposal Promises Problems [Curbed SF]

Photo courtesy Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture