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If you drive a car, the chances are that you have, at some time, become frustrated by the process of trying to pay for your place at a parking meter – either because you don’t have the right change, or you have to spend ages keying in bank card details.

In Lausanne, this problem is rapidly disappearing with the introduction of a new range of parking meters covering up to 2500 places throughout the city.

Manufactured by Parkeon, in collaboration with Parkomatic, the new meters will enable customers to pay with bank cards using contactless technology – but will also accept coins, or allow payment using bank cards that employ traditional insertion technology.  For security reasons, the contactless method only works for payments less than Fr. 40.-. Payments above this amount will still require your PIN code.

125 of the 140 designated machines have already been installed throughout Lausanne, which is the first city in Switzerland to take advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.  Similar machines have also been installed in Italy, Poland, UK and France.

Source: http://www.24heures.ch/economie/lausanne-innove-stationnement-carte/story/10595661