Toulouse is testing a new system that could help cut down traffic and pollution as well as the frustration of finding an open place to park.

Toulouse is testing a new system where local drivers can find parking spaces by cell phone. The application can also tell if a car is illegally parked or whether someone has not fed the meter.

The program uses software in conjunction with electromagnetic sensors below street level, due to the fact that a  parked car has a different electromagnetic reading than an empty spot and can be read for arrival and departure times to potentially streamline meter reading. City planners hope to use the data to ease traffic congestion and simplify the parking process throughout the city.

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