|The smart way to park.|
I'm not talking about using a credit card to pay for the parking at a curb; this method, while definitely better than scrambling for change, doesn't come close in convenience. What if you need to extend the parking duration? Do you have to call the toll free number, and get into voice-mail jail? Pain.
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If you are equipped with a smartphone — these days, who isn't? — you have nothing to worry about, almost. (I'll get to the 'almost' in a minute). You get to an empty parking spot; download the app if you don't already have it on your phone, setup your payment method, and off you go.
It gets better. The app initiates an alarm 15 minutes before the expiry of the parking session. You can extend the session right from your mobile app. That's it.
What's the 'almost', then?
|Original parking session.|
|Extension of the parking session.|
Why do we have multiple transaction fees? It should be, from a customer's perspective:
This is why I regard this parking experience as almost, but not quite, perfect.