The readers "have the potential to create permanent records of virtually everywhere any of us has driven, radically transforming the consequences of leaving home to pursue private life, and opening up many opportunities for abuse." For cities, the incentive is big: higher revenues and fewer human resources devoted to checking meters. And the apps (ParkMe, SpotHero) also give drivers additional perks, such as automatic parking lot barriers tools to find open spaces or remind you ( Parker ) where you parked. News Release: @iammoshow the Cat Rapper & PBOT debut new music video "Parking Kitty" https://t.co/AalzfDDGd4 WATCH: https://t.co/NON6zTtBSF pic.twitter.com/cwdovvHg5i — PDX Transportation (@PBOTinfo) September 12, 2017 "Ten years ago the parking industry didn't have all these options. We're trying to evolve as quickly as possible," says Malisa McCreedy, division manager of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Launched in May, Parking Kitty represents 6% of Portland's parking transactions. The Parking Kitty app purrs and meows when it's time to feed the meter in the Portland area. As consumers' financial options changed, more carrying plastic than coins, the industry gave pay-by-phone a try. But it's a complicated process that requires writing down a code advertised by the meter, calling an assigned phone number, and typing in the digits and your credit card number. As such, usage for the pay-by-phone offering is in the "single digits," in Boston, says Kristopher Carter, co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston. Apps linked to credit cards have been far more popular, representing 75% of Boston payments. The ParkBoston app, just two years old, tallied 3 million transactions last year for Boston's 8,000 spaces. Parking revenue is up, and the issuing of tickets is down, Carter adds. "It's easier to pay and avoid tickets when you get a countdown on your phone with an audible alert," Carter says. With the apps like ParkBoston, a smartphone owner downloads the app, registers and stores credit card information. When you park, you type in the code and confirm the license plate, which identifies your car.