Audi Wireless Parking Project Banishes Coins & Tickets
Audi Wireless Parking Pilot Project
Fiddling with loose change and tickets could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Audi's Wireless Parking Pilot Project. But what is it? In simple terms, the vehicle has a radio frequency identification transmitter behind its windscreen. The motorist registers this online via its unique code which associates it with his/her name, address and payment details, etc. Then – as the vehicle approaches the car park's barrier – it is automatically logged-in/out. So, no more pressing buttons for paper tickets. No more sticking them to the windscreen or keeping them safe in a wallet – and no more paying with six-tonnes of loose change. The motorist's bank account is simply debited at the end of each month. The Audi Wireless Parking Pilot Project is taking place at the manufacturer's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. It involves about thirteen thousand vehicles that have been leased to the company's staff. These can be left in nine local parking facilities that combined have twenty-one entrances and exits plus six-thousand two-hundred spaces. This is clearly a fantastic concept that could make life easier for millions of people - but I suspect it will be many years before it – or something similar – is common in the UK.