Gone are the days when parking stations had to rely on wires and underground sensors to advertise vacant spots. A new system developed in Munich uses GPRS technology, similar to that used in mobile phones, to transfer parking availability information between 25 inner-city stations.

The system was created by Siemens in conjunction with Setrix and works by notifying motorists of empty spots before they arrive. Parking garages then send information via transceiver towers set up around the city to a central hub, which then forwards the information to electronic billboards located on major arterial roads.

[Source: Physorg]