Pay-By-Vehicle is the next tool in the Meter Feeder suite of products, which allows both autonomous and non-autonomous smart vehicles to pay for parking on their own - without human interaction.
The Pay-By-Vehicle software has been in development and is ready for real-world testing. The hardware can be installed into virtually any vehicle made after 1996 via a dongle under the dashboard. And if it’s a smart vehicle, the process is even easier.
Once the hardware and software are installed into a vehicle, the driver simply needs to park their car as usual. The vehicle begins to pay as soon as the vehicle is powered down, and won’t stop until the car is turned back on, or the reservation is terminated manually from the Meter Feeder app. It uses an internet capable dongle, or the existing internet connection in smart vehicles, to send the data and payment to MeterFeeder servers and the enforcement officer’s tablets. The software allows a vehicle to pay for parking for the perfect amount of time without any human interaction. The software will be piloted in the vehicles of selected fleets and MeterFeeder employees. As we gather data, we can begin to roll out the software to the general public.
This software is necessary to make the integration of autonomous vehicles into Pittsburgh as seamless as possible. By piloting this technology downtown in select individual’s cars we will be able to properly scale out to other areas in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The software has benefits for more than just autonomous vehicles though. The software will eventually make its way into every vehicle, which will increase compliance rates dramatically and result in increased revenue for the city. Meter Feeder has already been able to improve efficiency in Greensburg, PA by over 25% since the launch of the mobile app. With the process being entirely automated, that number could increase.