PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is trying to find a company that can offer a smartphone application that would let drivers feed parking meters remotely.

Executive director Dave Onorato tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the app would let people deposit money into meters while still in their cars if the weather is bad, or add time to their meters if they are busy shopping or with other errands that prevent them from returning to their parked vehicles.

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Other cities have used the technology, but some experts warn that people who use it could then be subject to having their movements tracked or being targeted by unwanted advertising. Two companies that make such apps – SF Plus Corp. and Park ‘N Fly Inc. – have reported data breaches of customer information in recent months.

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