Google Maps will now help you find parking

Angelica Greene
August 29, 2017

According to Google, if you're an Android user (sadly, it's not available for iOS), you can now use the navigation app to "find parking" at your destination.

Google Maps is rolling out a twofold expansion for its mobile app that will bring parking difficulty indicators to new locations, and help users find parking near their destination in select US cities.

Google Maps will then navigate you to the parking area you pick and give you walking directions from the lot or garage to your final destination. Starting today, users in 25 U.S. cities will be able to take advantage of the "find parking" option on the directions card to see a list of parking garages and lots near their destination.

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The new features within the Maps app should be live, on both Android and iOS, in qualifying cities. It will now show parking garages nearby your destination.

The parking difficulty warning rolled out a while back and gave some fair warning to drivers in a number of major USA cities. These difficulty icons will allow users to see how hard it might be to park in certain places. It was loaded with machine learning technology and current parking data for the location to assist users in real-time parking.

When the Google Maps parking icons were initially rolled out earlier this year, they were available in only 25 USA cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas/ Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. It's unclear whether all US cities now have the feature, although Google probably would have announced the expansion if it had done so. The Parking Difficulty feature also stores other parking related information that helps users plan their trip accordingly. This feature is now expanding to 25 additional cities outside of the US, including Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Vancouver.

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