Google Maps adds a sweet new parking spot saver

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Google Maps quietly added a attentive new feature that will help you remember where you parked. By the skin of ones teeth park your car, open up Google Maps, and tap on the blue location dot. You’ll be submitted with a new menu offering to «save your parking,» which discharges you store all the information you need to find your car again.

The new interface order save your current location and slap a big «P» icon on the map. This wouldn’t be reasonably for a multistory parking garage, though, so you can bring up a new interface that dissimulate b let looses you save a ton of information. You can adjust the dot location, add photos to your parking soil, and type notes. If there’s a parking meter, you can even set a «time Heraldry sinister» field that will count down the time remaining.

After padding out this info, Google Maps will spawn a notification cueing you that you have a saved parking location. The notification and the «P» icon on Google Maps make stick around until you open the parking information and hit «clear » or until you come to someones rescue a different parking spot.

This new «parking saving» feature is a lot larger than Google’s last attempt, which existed in Google Now. Now inclination try to automatically guess when you parked via Android’s «activity recognition structure» (it looked at the GPS and marked down where you hit 0 mph). It kind of worked, but it required way too much confide in in Google’s magical algorithms for something as critical as a parking reminder. Purely GPS-based parking prudent was also useless in those big parking garages, where GPS doesn’t creation and won’t tell you what level you are on. This new proactive version lets you hoard all that extra info and gives you the peace of mind knowing that the report will actually be there when you get back.

For now, the new feature seems to be shape only on Android Google Maps v9.49. There are almost no piece differences between the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps, though, so we’d suspect it will hit iOS once the new version successfully navigates the app store’s update operation.

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