Following in the footsteps of so many other cities around the world already, New York City may soon have a pay-by-phone system in place to pay for your parking. It would presumably work the same way as we have here in Vancouver and elsewhere. You can get a smartphone app, link up your account with your car, enter your location number, and enter how long you intend to park there. If you need to extend your stay, you can do that from your phone without having to physically venture back to your car. There will also be a toll-free number to call in, if you don't have the app (or data).
City officials say that they have not yet selected a vendor for the contract, but I imagine the appropriately named PayByPhone is probably a good bet to handle the 14,000 parking meters across the Big Apple's five boroughs. NYPD can then keep track of which cars have and have not paid for their parking and issue tickets accordingly. I say it's about time. I am so thankful that I don't have to carry around a bunch of quarters with me when I go parking just about anywhere in Vancouver anymore; I just whip out my phone and get on with my day.
Source: The Verge