Drivers' mobile phones to show parking places under Ken Livingstone plans

Motorists would be able to use smart technology to find available parking places under plans announced today by Ken Livingstone. 
The former mayor said he would ease parking chaos in London  if re-elected by bringing in a system like that used in San Francisco, where 6,000 of the 24,000 metered parking places are fitted with sensors that allow drivers to find spaces via wi-fi.

The American city's $23 million network shows available spots on motorists' mobile phones and electronic street signs. If drivers want to add more time to a parking meter they can also do it by mobile.

Mr Livingstone, who is running for the Labour candidacy, highlighted ideas today for his aim to make London the first smart city. Others include using real-time smart meters to cut energy use in homes and businesses. In Sweden these have resulted in a 24 per cent reduction in energy use.

London has been at its best when it embraces new ideas, however during tough financial times there is a great danger that politicians focus too much on the present rather than planning for the future, said Mr Livingstone.

Mr Livingstone brought in transport improvements such as the C-charge and Oyster cards during his time as mayor.
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