Parking in a disabled spot without a permit? Be prepared to be scared out of your wits and stared down by a holographic handicapped man questioning your morals.
Although not in actual production, the project currently exists as an initiative by a Russian disability advocacy group and ad agency, Bird Strategy Inc. The two have teamed up to stop able-bodied drivers from taking advantage of the spots in shopping centre car parks and spaces across Moscow’s public access areas.
The system sees a series of cameras, scanners, mist sprayers, speakers and a hologram projector which engages the target when it detects that a car is moving into its space without the right handicap tag. Once activated, the system proceeds to tell the illegal parker to park somewhere else and be more considerate.
Much like Russia who claim to have one third of their drivers parking illegally in handicapped spaces, Australia has also seen a crack down on this sort of behaviour. An introduction of new NSW laws late last year means that any driver caught unlawfully using a disabled parking zone will be hit with strict new penalties, which includes a $519 fine and the loss of license demerit points.
If this isn’t a deterrent enough, we’re sure the NSW government could install a few of these holograms armed with laser beams. Picture that: Yoda telling you to get out of his parking space.