We try to avoid driving downtown whenever possible. Parking isn't very plentiful and when street parking IS available, there are often signs like this one that make it even more difficult to decide if you can park there and for how long.
Wouldn't it be great if the sign KNEW what time and date it was and just told me what I needed to know - like a "Go/No Go" decision at NASA Mission Control.
Well, the city of Sydney, Australia is trying something like that. The Australian Road and Maritime Services (RMS) has installed e-ink traffic signs on some Sydney roads. The signs run on solar power and can be updated via wifi. The e-ink component of the sign can be updated to reflect the current situation - whether pre-scheduled traffic information (like standard parking regulations) or temporary parking information (due to unique events like filming, street cleaning, marathons, etc).
This technology could simplify the driving experience for Sydney commuters as well as save RMS money. It is estimated that Los Angeles spends $9.5 million each year on temporary parking restriction signage. With a permanent but customizable solution in place, time and money could be saved.
What do you think - would these signs improve your parking experience by not having to interpret ALL the parking options? Are customizable traffic signs the future? Share your thoughts in the comments.
- Rose R.