Disabled veterans and Purple Heart winners in New Jersey no longer need to fish through their pockets or whip out a credit card to feed municipal parking meters. New placards issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mean free spaces.
As many shore towns are making it easier to park with more pay stations and new meters that take credit cards as well as coins, one nearby beach town is taking it a step further and letting you do it all from your smartphone.
You may have noticed that the few remaining parking meters in Seaside Park have been replaced by numbered spots and electronic kiosks. This is good news for two reasons - you won't have to worry about carrying quarters with you this summer, and the hourly price of parking has gone down.
It's like something from "The Jetsons": Automated parking garages, also known as Automated Vehicle Storage and Retrieval Systems, are becoming the wave of the future in the United States, including in New Jersey.