Parking Spaces That Find You
French technology may bring joy to the heart of many urban drivers: the city of Toulouse is testing a system that displays available parking spots on your mobile phone.
"Sensors have been placed just below the surface of the road under half a dozen parking spaces. The high-tech probes recognize changes in the surrounding magnetic field. That allows them to detect whether a parking spot is occupied or vacant. They can also recognize whether the vehicle in the space is a car or a truck, from their distinctive magnetic profiles, and can even detect when a garbage bin is occupying the parking spot. 'This technology comes from space travel,' explains Patrick Givanovitch, head of the Toulouse start-up Lyberta, which, together with the French space agency CNES, has developed the sensors and got them ready for series production."
The best-selling author tells us his methods.
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It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
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