Google Maps is introducing new tools to help you park your car. As anyone who lives in, or commutes into, a city, knows, parking can be a stressful endeavor. And if you’re driving into somewhere you’re not familiar with, you may not even be aware how difficult it is to find a parking space.
Google is here to help in two ways. Not only will Google Maps now inform you how difficult it is to park in various cities around the world, it will also help you find a parking space near your destination. And in one fell swoop, Google Maps has eased the worried minds of drivers everywhere.
Google Maps Helps Drivers Find Parking Spaces
The first tool in Google Maps’ arsenal of weaponry for drivers deals with parking difficulty. Google originally launched this in the U.S. in January. And it covers the following 25 metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, DC, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tampa.
Now, it’s being rolled out to 25 cities outside of the United States. Namely, Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Valencia, and Vancouver.
To check the difficulty you’ll have parking in these locations simply get directions to your destination, then look for the parking difficulty icon at the bottom of the screen. The parking difficulty of each location is based on historical data, plus some of Google’s magic machine learning. This feature is available on Google Maps for iOS and Android.
The second tool actually helps you find parking near your destination. In the same U.S. cities as listed above, you can now tap “find parking” on the directions card. This will display a list of parking garages and parking lots close to where you informed Google Maps you want to finish your journey.
When you find the parking option you think best suits your needs, simply tap on it, and its location will be added to your journey. Google Maps will even provide walking directions from your parking space of choice to your final destination. So, Google really has thought of every eventuality here. This feature is only available on Google Maps for Android for the time being.
Google Maps Becomes More Essential Every Day
When Google launched Maps, it felt like a novelty. However, Google Maps is becoming more essential with every passing day. Especially for anyone who regularly drives a vehicle anywhere close to major metropolitan areas. Hell, Google Maps can even remember where you parked your car now.
Do you ever have trouble finding a parking space? Either in a city you visit often? Or a destination you’re not familiar with? What do you think of Google Maps’ new tools to help you park? Are you likely to make use of them? Please let us know in the comments below!
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