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How Do You Park In Crowded Lots: Dive Head First, Or Back It Up?
How Do You Park In Crowded Lots: Dive Head First, Or Back It Up?

Look at any parking lot, and you'll notice two kinds of people: those who, upon finding back-to-back spots, pull through to the other side so they can drive straight out when their shopping errands are done, and those who stop at the dividing line, preferring to back out into traffic. According to...Read More»

Self-parking BMW i3 ActiveAssist prototype, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
AAA: You're Just Not That Into Self-Parking Vehicles, Are You?

Over the summer, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute surveyed more than 500 drivers to gauge their feelings about autonomous cars. The results? Only about 16 percent of respondents wanted a fully self-driving vehicle. By contrast, nearly 44 percent said they didn't want...Read More»

2007 BMW 335i and 2015 Fiat 500e electric car in driveway, May 2015  [photo: Chris Baccus]
Fines For Backing Into Your Driveway: Public Safety Issue Or Violation Of Privacy?

Like 18 other states, Florida only requires cars to carry one license plate, mounted at the rear of the vehicle. That probably helps to trim expenses at Florida's DMV, but it also means that when a motorist backs into her driveway, law enforcement officials can't read her car's plate. The City of...Read More»

E-paper traffic signs developed by Visionect
Australia Takes A Cue From Amazon, Rolls Out E Ink Parking Signs

Urban environments can get pretty complicated for motorists. Aside from the usual glut of stop signs, school crossings, and traffic lights, drivers also have to decipher a sometimes contradictory array of parking signs to figure out where they can and can't leave their rides. Part of the problem...Read More»

Calle de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain (photo by Antonio García Rodríguez)
In Madrid, You'll Pay More For Parking If You Drive A Gas-Guzzler

Tuesday marked the beginning of a new chapter in the long history of Madrid. The big change had nothing to do with freshly built schools or hydroponic gardens or high-end gastropubs and everything to do with parking meters. READ: We Asked, Now NHTSA Asks: What's Taking So Long For The Jeep Grand...Read More»

Monkey Parking app
MonkeyParking Told To Stop "Auctioning City Parking Spots" In San Francisco

Back in May, we told you about MonkeyParking, a new app that lets desperate drivers in San Francisco pay for parking -- or, more to the point, it lets them pay the owners of parked cars to leave prime spots. When MonkeyParking debuted, many feared that it would make parking in the Bay Area even...Read More»

Monkey Parking app
Desperate For Parking? Use The ‘MonkeyParking’ App & Pay Someone To Leave Their Spot

San Francisco is not without its charms. The Bay is beautiful, the weather is pleasant in some of the city's microclimates, and.... Hmm. Did we mention the Bay? ALSO SEE: Pay-Per-Mile Road Taxes Coming To A State Near You? One of the complaints that many people have about SF is that it's far too...Read More»

Formula E race car on the streets of Rome
Rome Asks Residents To Tweet-Shame Their Poorly Parked Neighbors

If you've been to Rome, you know that traffic in the city can be...challenging. The parking situation is no better -- in fact, on the streets of Rome's centuries-old center, finding a spot for even the itsy-bitsiest Italian microcar can take a very, very long time. As a result, drivers often get...Read More»

Fixed parking ticket app
Need To Fight A Parking Ticket? A New App Can Go To Court For You

It's a beautiful day, the birds are chirping, the cars with the boom are booming softly in the distance. And then you see it: a bright orange parking ticket jammed beneath your windshield wiper. Trust us: we've all been there. Sometimes, we've known that we were at fault. We'd straddled the yellow...Read More»

Ford Fusion Energi charging.
Electric Car Adoption Lagging Because Drivers Have Nowhere To Park & Charge Them

Sales of electric cars are slowly picking up, but fans of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S often wonder why the numbers aren't improving faster. A new study from Carnegie Mellon University provides an answer, and it has everything to do with parking. The study was conducted by...Read More»

parking - How to Park: the Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers
Teach Your Teen How To Park A Car

Your teen is driving now? Congratulations or apologies, either way. It's not the most eagerly anticipated parental role--getting involved in a teenager’s required supervised driving practice--but now, at least, it can be a little less stressful and more productive when it comes to parking the...Read More»

Inrix Park may soon make life for urban-dwellers easier
Traffic Service INRIX Can Help You Find A Parking Spot, Too

The way drivers travel from Point A to Point B has changed a lot in the past decade. That's largely thanks to satellite navigation systems, found our cars' dashboards and on our smartphones. But despite many, many details those gadgets provide about construction, accidents, checkpoints, and other...Read More»

Parkmobile
Parkmobile & Allstate Join Forces To Simplify Car Ownership

If you spend time navigating city traffic, you may have already experienced the Parkmobile app, which lets you pay for parking via your smartphone. This week, the company announced a new partnership with Allstate, offering roadside assistance -- and soon, the ability to pay for it -- right from...Read More»

Angry teen driver
Think Texting While Parked Is Safe? Think Again, Buddy

Texting and driving is bad: you know it, we know it, Ray LaHood knows it. But texting while parked isn't always such a great idea, either -- especially in crowded urban areas. An article in yesterday's New York Times describes a new variant of road-rage that's caused by people texting and talking...Read More»

2012 Nissan Rogue
2012 Nissan Rogue: Around View Monitor Makes Parallel Parking Easier

How often do drivers pass up a parking space because it looks a little too hard to get into? It isn’t only younger drivers that have a problem with parallel parking, either; sometimes we all just need a little help. Nissan has a solution: the Around View Monitor now available in the 2012...Read More»

Baltimore parking meter  -  flickr user daquella_manera
Saskatoon Parking Meter "Cheating Glitch" Too Expensive To Fix

According to an article published in the SaskatoonStar Phoenix over the weekend, a programming error in the City of Saskatoon's parking meters allows drivers to park free under a specific circumstance that is becoming ever more widely known and exploited (and with the article's publication, likely...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
San Francisco Tries New Text-To-Park Service

While most of us around here love driving, parking can be a pain. Looping through different lots in search of an open spot can drive one nuts. Luckily for motorists in San Francisco, things are about to get a little bit easier with a new text-to-park service. The city is rolling out the new service...Read More»

Texting while driving
Find A Parking Spot Via Texting In San Francisco

Has finding a parking garage with open spots become a headache? It's about to get a lot easier for people in San Francisco with a new text-messaging service. The new service is being tested by the city transportation officials in an effort to help motorists find a place to park their vehicle...Read More»

BMW X5 Parking Fail
What's Your Worst Parking Lot Incident? #YouTellUs [NSFW]

We have an epidemic on our hands: bad driving in parking lots. People seem to either drive too fast, fail to let people back out of spaces safely, or maybe they just think their big bad Suburban can fit in the same spot as that hot MINI Cooper S. Things have gotten even worse with the popularity of...Read More»

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