Best (or Worst?) Rise of the Machines

'Smart' meters and automated parking garages

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We all see it coming. Inevitably, silicon-stuffed parking meters gain self awareness, rise up, rob us of our quarters and force us to park in vast concrete prisons. OK, so a move to more technology in Boise's parking infrastructure doesn't follow the plot line of the Terminator franchise. But plans not only to upgrade parking equipment and, potentially, increase parking fees have drawn the ire of businesses owners and visitors. Plans call for fewer attendants in downtown garages, and sensors in city streets will mean no more button-happy parking-fee scofflaws. On the upside, motorists can pay for more time via smartphone (for a fee.)

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