2 Ways Google Maps Now Makes it Eas­i­er to Find Parking


Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app with the new ‘Parking Difficulty’ and ‘Find Parking’ features which will help users check for parking space at and around their destination.

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Google Maps has slowly and steadily converted itself from a tool that was just supposed to help us get directions from point A to point B to a tool that finds and tells us useful information around either of those points and during the travel route too.

Google had released parking difficulty icons earlier this year and have now expanded the feature to users in 25 more cities outside USA, while those in the USA also get an update with the ‘Find Parking’ feature.

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The parking difficulty ranges from ‘Limited’ to ‘Medium’ to ‘Easy’. These indicators are based on the historical parking data a little machine learning algorithm from Google.

Limited Parking

“To see how hard it might be to park where you’re headed, just get directions to your destination and look for the parking difficulty icon in the directions card at the bottom of the screen,” the company stated.

People in the following 25 cities worldwide will now be able to make use of the parking difficulty icons:

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, Vancouver

Find Parking

In addition to that Google is also rolling out another feature which will enable users to find parking around their destination. This feature can be helpful if the parking at a user’s destination is ‘Limited’ — nearly full..

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Expanding the ‘Route Info’ card on the bottom of the screen will bring up the ‘Find Parking’ option. Once a user clicks on that, a list of parking slots is shown with the parking difficulty icon.

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All you need to do is tap on the parking that suits you and Google Maps will add the new destination to the route and once you’re there, will also provide you with walking directions towards your original destination.

People in the following 25 cities in USA will now be able to make use of the find parking feature:

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, Tampa.

Both of these features add to Google Maps’ ability to save parking location. The parking feature is a life saver for people who have trouble remembering where they parked their car in that large mall or busy city street.

Earlier this month, Google also added a ‘Question & Answer’ section to Google Maps and Google Search.

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