Today's cell phones can perform numerous tasks, and in Petoskey, Michigan, they can even be used to fund parking meters.
Instead of dropping coins into the meter itself, drivers can call a number posted on each meter, and pay for their parking expenses with a credit card.; If extra time is needed, users can call again and add more money. While the system may be practical for users, it's somewhat expensive to install.; Petoskey pays New Parking, a Canadian firm that handles the remote-payment system, 30 cents monthly for each of its 900 parking meters plus 20 percent of all revenues collected.; In its first year of operation, Petoskey expects to fork over nearly $7500 to run the system. Source: Detroit Free Press