This could be quite a hit: a GPS-enabled, environmentally friendly and deeply yellow way of enforcing parking.
The new system, albeit looking quite chunky compared to stylish minimalism that we're used to seeing with modern tech, promises car-friendly safe deployment in under 90 seconds. It is also pretty light for such a device, weighing about 90 kilograms. As explained by the developers, the Barnacle attaches securely to the windshield, making sure the view is obstructed to a point when a driver is unable to see the road ahead and thus immobilizing the vehicle. Sufficient force to keep the device in place is provided by an integrated pump and commercial grade suction cups. If someone tries to move the vehicle despite the device or attempts to illegally remove the device, a built in anti-tamper alarm will make sure the wrong-doer has a quick change of mind.
Developers at Ideas that Stick say this device was created with users in mind, trying to make it user-friendly and easy to operate. Once you pay your fine conveniently over the phone, you get a special code for unlocking the device, which can then be quickly removed without any help from a third party.
The Barnacle should make life easier for everyone that is normally involved from administration to enforcement personnel and the violator, since the latter is capable of dealing with the situation all on his (her) own.