Ft. Lauderdale plans to sell prepaid parking computers that hang on car windshields and satisfy the meter reader without gobbling pocket change.
At a meeting today, commissioners will consider the plan to use the "Parkulator," which is the size of a pocket calculator. Drivers would pay $50 for the unit, which attaches to the inside of the car windshield and gives them $50 worth of parking time.
The driver must punch in a coded number that appears on a parking meter, telling the device the maximum time allowed at that meter. If the driver parks too long or does not return to punch in more time, the unit flashes "violation" just like a meter, officials said.