If you're like a lot of drivers today, Google Maps is like a helpful little navigator friend who doesn't take up a seat in your car or critique your driving. The turn-by-turn navigation is a popular feature to be sure.
2. Do You Ever Get To Your Destination Only To Find There Isn't Any Parking?
Since August 2016, Google's been preparing to make parking less of a pain for Google Maps users. The exact countries and areas the app will cover for parking availability situations still aren't clear though, so it's still a slow process for Google to get the parking feature out.
4. With Google Maps' New Feature You Can Find Out About Parking Before You Go
This isn't a "real time" app in the sense that the Google Maps parking feature won't tell you the parking situation in your destination based on a certain day or time. But it will show the typical parking availability in that area on any given day or time.
5. The 'Easy' 'Medium' Or 'Limited' Parking Ratings Keep It Simple
Just like small, medium and large choices for soft drinks in most fast food places, Google Maps keeps things that fast and simple for its parking app by rating parking in an area as easy, medium or limited. Then, as you get closer to your destination, the parking feature gives you more detailed parking information. Makes sense, right?
If a letter "P" in a blue circle comes up after you enter your destination, the Google Maps parking app is either going to specify "easy" or "medium" in relation to how tough parking is likely to be. If you see the word "easy" you'll probably have different parking lot options or at least many spots open to park in when you arrive. What's not to like about that?
The "medium" rating for parking availability at your destination makes things a little less black and white, since it's more of a question on just how long it may take to find parking or if you'll need to try more than one lot. The good news, though, is the Google Maps app will gives you more parking guidance the closer you get to where you're going.
8. If It's Likely Gonna Be A Crap Shoot To Find A Parking Spot
Unlike the blue circle symbols with the letter "P" in the center that you'll see in the "easy" and "medium" designated parking areas, for places where parking is likely to be scarce, the "P" symbol will come up red on the Google Maps parking app. Yes, red as in stop. The color code serves as a parking warning.
9. The New Google Maps Feature May Help You Avoid Parking Surprises
Probably the very best thing about this new Google Maps parking app is that it's going to take at least some mystery out of what the parking situation is like. This can be a time saver and sanity saver, especially when you're driving to somewhere new.
10. Where And When Is The Google Maps Parking Feature Available?
It's still unclear from Google what specific countries or places the parking app will cover. Airports, shopping malls and larger attractions are the most likely places to be rated for parking availability on Google Maps so far.
11. Why Will Only Some Beta Users Get The Google Maps Parking App?
It seems it will be some time before this new Google Maps app will get going and get out to the majority of consumers. At least it's not as stressful as driving around busy parking lots waiting for a spot to open up.
Anything that will make parking more predictable and understandable like the new Google Maps parking feature is probably worth waiting for. Who doesn't want less stressful, more enjoyable driving...and parking?