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All around the world, we use our cars every day — to pick up the kids from school, to visit the supermarket to buy groceries, and to commute to work. Cars are incredibly convenient, but navigating through traffic and parking presents an unwanted challenge. Here's how Ford, one of the world's longest-running car brands, is using technology to solve problems and revolutionise the future of driving.

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A full third of all vehicular congestion in cities is estimated to be caused by people circling — and circling... and circling... and circling — as they look for parking. A new tool that will be onboard all new BMWs will aggregate real-time data to point drivers towards potential parking spaces and away from inevitable parking headaches.

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In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But Los Angeles has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.

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Parking sucks, and that's why there are apps to help your car find a vacant spot. The trouble is those solutions tend to require expensive sensors to be installed in each and every one of those potentially open spots. A new app called PocketParker instead leverages the power of passive, portable sensors — the ones already installed on your smartphone.

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Car parking remains a major part of our economy, and it is easy to realise why its availability and low price are clung to so fiercely. Parking allows access for customers to stores, employees to work, entrepreneurs to meetings, tourists to places where they can deposit all their money, the needy to services, residents to their homes. Because of this, it's harder to see that the costs are so high that they outweigh all economic benefits provided.

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Google Now is getting a new superpower; it's going to be able to remember where you parked. Using your phone's sensors, it will figure out when you've exited a moving vehicle and remember your car's location automatically, so you don't even have to think twice.

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Carparks are ugly by their very nature: they're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all carparks have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica, California.

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Carparks are already one of the worst things ever invented by humans — acres of buckling, blighted fields of concrete that often sit completely empty. But now a new study shows that parking is not only ugly, it's actually making cities lose revenue.

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It's happened to all of us. You get back to your car after a delicious brunch or productive visit to the bookstore only to find a demonic little slip of paper tucked under your windshield wiper. "But the meter was broken!" you think. "I'm going to contest this!" you say to yourself. No, you're not.

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As a surface for wheels, pavement does its job well enough. Asphalt concrete is flat, smooth and solid (usually). But there is a price we pay for the convenience of paved roads and carparks everywhere — a price paid in heat, noise and polluted runoff. We went in search of better pavement and found these potential solutions.