Mobile Payments Make it to the Big Apple

Mobile payments will be used in New York City for parking

Just yesterday, I was contemplating how long it would take for mobile payments to truly catch on. While some say years, there’s been promising news within the past 24 hours that gives high hopes for a closer date.

The New York City Department of Transportation will soon be testing a mobile payment system for their parking meters. Basically, drivers will be allowed to pay for parking spots via their mobile device. Once drivers register online, they can pay for their parking by entering the number of the nearest meter and the amount of time they need in an easy-to-use app. Can’t download the app? Users can also text the NYC Department of Transportation.

In addition to this convenience, the mobile payment system would also send alerts whenever the amount of time is close to expiring. Of course, there’s an option to add more time directly from their mobile device rather than having to walk back to the car.

While this mobile system does not employ NFC technology, it is definitely a step in the right direction. Have you heard about mobile payments in other citites? Let us know by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.