Seth Godin, discussing digital parking meters:
In this particular case: why bother have a meter at all? After all, the state knows my license plate, the state has a billing relationship with me, the state can (and does) collect money for my driving behaviors (like EZ Pass). So why not drive into the space and have the space just take care of all the paperwork and billing? No tickets, no meter readers. If you don’t want local merchants to park in the good spaces, no need to spend a lot of time searching them out…
A classic example of not asking “what problem are we really trying to solve?” It’s not that a city wants digital parking meters, it’s that the city need a way to charge people for parking.
There are better ways of doing that than slapping a computer and a screen on a parking meter.