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LAist's Solved Mysteries: The Grove's Eerie Sentient Parking Sensor Edition

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LAist bursts onto the scene this week with our Solved Mysteries, answering the questions that plague you on a daily basis in regards to Los Angeles landmarks, technology, and just plain freaky unexplainable crap.

This week, we investigate The Grove's eerie sentient parking sensors -- a board of LED-lit numbers, that upon entering their parking structure, seemingly tell you how many spots are available on each level. It is an inconceivable technology that, as far as LAist was concerned, was a fake. Seriously, how could a parking structure (even with technology making things like super-advanced Furbys possible) have enough sensors to keep track of the amount of free versus occupied parking spots that were available?

People have weighed in with their opinions. Some have said that each parking spot has its own individual sensor beneath the granite -- well aware if there's a car parked there or not. Others have suggested that the numbers are generally not accurate, tallying the amount of cars coming in and out of the front gates. Others believe that such LED parking spot counters are, in fact, keeping track of the amount of people watching the wonderful musical fountain presentation from each level of the parking structure.

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Alas, all were wrong.

In contacting the parking office of The Grove, LAist was served up the not-so-exact solution to our previously-unsolved local mystery. According to those who know what they're talking about, each level of The Grove's parking structure does not have sensors under each spot. In fact, each level has it's own sensor at the location where cars enter and exit that particular level.

If Level 4 has approximately 500 spots available in total, and 300 of said spots are already taken -- if there are 100 cars driving around on Level 4 (whether or not they've parked in a spot), the system will assume that those 100 cars will eventually park...thus reporting that 400 spots are taken, and 100 are free. Per The Grove, it's an inaccurate system, but at least projects how many spaces may be taken, based on those looking for spots.

In the end, those entering The Grove should be aware that even though Level 3 has 54 parking spots left and Level 4 has 123 spots left and Level 5 has 322 spots left -- that the real mystery is not how the structure knows such things, but how a place like The Grove dumped all that money into an eerie sentient parking system, that in reality, really doesn't do what it's supposed to.