The PhotoViolationMeter (right) takes a picture of your car and its license plate when you park, and starts the clock before you even get out of the car. You pay with a credit/debit card or cash, and should you be unfortunate enough to overstay your welcome, you get to pay for your parking ticket right at the meter. Now isn't that special.
Oh, and no more cruising for a meter with time left on it, either. The ViolationMeter senses when a car leaves its parking spot and resets the clock to zero, no matter how much time was left.