Automation continues to gradually make its way into the mainstream. For example, commercials depicting homeowners monitoring their home remotely, setting thermostats based on useage and programming lights and music is quite mainstream, showcasing some of the nifty every day uses of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and IoT gateways.
When customers stop to buy gas, their focus is typically making sure they have the fuel they need to get where they are going. As a secondary aim, they may also want to get their cars washed or stock up on cool beverages and hearty snacks. While these might seem like goals for the traveler, they require significant considerations from petroleum retailers. That is where a M2M gateway comes into play.
Most drivers are intimately familiar with the maddening experience of riding around a few square blocks endlessly, looking for a place to park. Particularly in urban centers, finding an empty space can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. To add insult to injury, drivers who rush to an appointment and park without carefully reading regulations may come back to find a costly ticket awaiting. How will M2M and IoT gateways change the parking landscape?