Monday, January 30, 2017

Google Maps Now Includes Parking Info

A new feature in Google Maps will help you find parking in big cities– or be prepared for a difficult time finding a place to park at your destination.

According to TechCrunch.com, Google is now using “historical parking data” to calculate a parking difficulty score. It will show in Google Maps’ directions card as “Limited,” “Medium,” or “Easy,” depending on the parking situation in that area.

To view the parking info, you first have to get directions to your destination. Then, the new parking difficulty icon will appear on the directions card at the bottom of the screen.

Google is launching the feature first in 25 U.S. metros, including: San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, DC, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento.

The option is also only available on Google Maps for Android for the time being, but like other Maps additions, it should roll out to iOS at a later date.

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