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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.