Google Maps has been updated with a parking feature which is a life saver for people — almost everyone — who have trouble remembering where they parked their car in that large mall or busy city street.
The beta version of Google Maps for Android has been updated with a new feature that assists users to locate their cars easily by marking where you parked on the map.
The app lets you save your parking location by simply tapping on the blue dot — your current location — and selecting ‘Save Your Parking’ from the options that appear.
Your Parking location will be depicted by a ‘P’ icon on the map.
This feature is only available if you’re signed into Google Maps, even for beta users.
Once the location has been saved, the app also gives you options to add parking notes (floor and pillar number maybe), add photos of the nearby areas as well as set a timer in order to remind you of how long your car has been parked at the spot.
The feature is currently not available to users running Maps on iOS, but Apple Maps on iOS 10 has a feature similar to the upcoming Google Maps feature, except that you have to have a Bluetooth connection between your vehicle and iPhone.
Apple’s Maps app automatically marks the location of your car as soon as you leave it and gives users the option to add notes and image alongwith it.
Google was already offering to automatically register your parking location as and when you get off a vehicle using Google Now service but it isn’t really flawless as sometimes ‘you might see a parking location card if you got out of a bus, taxi, or another car’.
The feature has now been added to the Maps app for beta feedback and is better than the Google Now feature as this allows you to manually enter the parking location as well as additional information.