Just a few months ago, Indianapolis installed sensors in more than 500 spots downtown.
They were supposed to be one of the most advanced parking technologies in the United States, but instead, a Fox59 investigation shows it is becoming one of the most complicated and could be costing motorists more.
Unfortunately, because the pay boxes are not synched up to each other, many motorists are paying to park at more than one pay box in hopes of avoiding a parking ticket.
“You shouldn't have to worry about it. You should just be able to pay it,” said Emily Weil.
“You would think they would all by synched up to the same information. It's weird that they all have disparaging information on them,” said William Walker. “If they're not all reading the same time, how do they check?"
We posed that very question to Park Indy’s Lou Gerig.
“Even though the kiosks do not talk to each other there is a third option it’s called the cloud," said Gerig.
The meter reader, Gerig explained, is then able to access this so-called third cloud location, so they always know how much you have paid for and where. Even though it may not look like you are always adding more time on to the same spot.
“We realized, thanks to your call, we need to further educate our technicians on this so they can further educate the public as they are standing at the pay boxes and trying to understand how it works,” Gerig said.
So why not sync them all up so there’s no confusion at all?
“It’s a very expensive proposition to do that,” he admitted.
If you forget how many times you fed the pay boxes around town you can always call the parking help desk number located on the pay box.