Google Maps Will Now Show Nearby Parking Lots in 25 Cities Across the US
Google Maps is an ultimate app not just for navigation but for its other nifty features too, such as showing business timings, gas stations nearby, and others. In its latest update, the app is getting another ability that will be of great help for users in the US. It will now show parking garages nearby your destination.
The new feature is named as “Find Parking”, and it will appear on the maps as an icon with the same name. Once you tap the icon, it will show you many parking lots and garages near your destination. When you select the car park or garage where you want to park your vehicle, its route will automatically be added to your travel route including walking directions from your vehicle at the parking spot to the actual destination.
In a blog post, Jeff Albertson, Product Manager, Google Maps, writes:
With parking difficulty icons, the ability to find parking, and save your parking location on the map, Google Maps gets you from point A to point B and everything in between.
Find Parking feature works in collaboration with the existing Parking Difficulty feature on Google Maps. In January 2017, Google rolled out the Parking Difficulty feature to help users in parking their vehicle in difficult areas. It was loaded with machine learning technology and current parking data for the location to assist users in real-time parking. The Parking Difficulty feature also stores other parking related information that helps users plan their trip accordingly.
Find Parking feature for cities in the US
On the similar lines, Find Parking feature will offer assistance with nearby parking lots and garages. Google is currently rolling out the new feature to Google Maps in 25 cities in the US including 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.
Parking Difficulty icon now available for the following cities outside the US:
Additionally, Google has announced the availability of Parking Difficulty icons in the following cities outside the US: 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.