Have you ever rushed out of the office to feed your parking meter to find a friendly traffic cop writing you a sweet little love note? Wouldn't it have been nicer had the cop just called you to say, "Hey, just though you might want to throw a couple of quarters down my way." Sorry, not gonna happen.

But in Vancouver and Niagara Falls, some parking meters will do just that. Those two cities are trying out a new meter that will alert you via mobile phone that the little red flag is about to pop up. Then you can either sprint downstairs to buy more time with coins or credit card, or, from the comforts of your office chair, send an electronic payment.

But what happens if, for instance, your maxed-out MasterCard can't take even another 50 cents? These super helpful, solar-powered devices from Photo Violation Technologies Corp. will even allow parking violators to pay their fine right there at the meter.

See videos of the super meter at Photo Violation Tech's Web site. They're in WMV format, so good luck.

[Source: Kicking Tires]