googlemapsparking100714148orig

Google finally lets you save your parking spot in latest Maps beta

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to the Maps beta is one we’ve been waiting years for.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest Maps beta, Google is giving it a new home. First spotted by Android Police, when you tap the blue location dot on the map you’ll see a new Save your parking option, which will let you chart your position right inside Maps.

Once you tap it, Google Maps will automatically save your current location inside Maps and add a reminder to your notification pane. However, while the location it sets will usually be good enough, you can also jot down some landmarks in a note field on the same screen as well as add a photo. There's also a timer alert for metered or zoned parking, as well as an ability to share your information, which will send the address, notes, and a link to the location in Maps.

The beta also includes a new weather indicator for transit directions and an updated arrival screen for Android Auto users. Additionally, Android Police found a reference to a new sorting tool for searches when conducting its customary teardown. You can sign up to be a Maps beta tester in the Play Store or you can side-load the Google-signed APK from APKMirror.

The impact on you on the road: This is one of the most overdue features in Google Maps, so much so that even Apple has had it in its far inferior Maps app for w while. We don’t know why it took Google so long to add it, but we just hope the beta testing is quick.

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« Pwn2Own hacking contest ends with two virtual machine escapes

NEXT ARTICLE

Netgear's feature-packed 802.11ad router has dropped to $350 »
author_image
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

Trump hits partial pause on Huawei ban, but 5G concerns persist

Phil Muncaster reports on China and beyond

FinancialForce profits from PSA investment

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Future-proofing the Middle East

Keri Allan looks at the latest trends and technologies

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?