Google Maps has welcomed a new feature that lets you pay for parking within the app. The feature, which is in partnership with Passport, is currently only available in Austin, and Texas, and will be widely available in the coming weeks.
Google’s partnership with Passport, a transportation software company, will enable people in those two cities to pay for parking directly from Google Maps. The feature has already rolled out in the aforementioned cities, but will be widely available in the next couple of weeks.
“We’re excited to work with Passport to help drivers in Austin pay for parking more quickly and conveniently right from Google Maps,” explains Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps. “Google Pay and Google Maps were able to seamlessly incorporate Passport’s software, which helped us bring this feature to life.”
Here is how the parking payment feature works:
Drivers will now have the option to pay for parking with Google Pay as they approach their destination. This can be done while navigating with Google Maps on iOS and Android. You can also visit pay.google.com/parking to pay directly from your phone’s browser.
Maps users in select cities can now see icons for traffic lights at intersections in yet another new feature added by Google. This feature according to CNN, is already available on Apple Maps.
Few weeks back, Google Maps launched a feature that allows you to easily locate where bike sharing stations are. With data provided by Ito World, you can locate a bike sharing stations, which now makes everything easier. This is commendable considering how safe it is to ride a bike to your destination in this period where social distancing has very much become a part of our daily life.
Ito World provides you with information on where to find a bike sharing station, the number of bikes there, and whether or not there is an empty space waiting for you to dock your bike when you get to your destination. Google says there has been a 69 percent increase in the number of people requesting for cycling directions made through Maps; with the number spiking last month.
10 cities have been penciled down by Google to benefit from the roll out including; Chicago; New York City; the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington, DC; London; Mexico City; Montreal; Rio De Janeiro; São Paulo; and Taipei and New Taipei City. More cities, however, will be added by Maps in the coming months.
Google Maps remains one of the most feature-rich Google apps. The app is one of the most-updated, and has been downloaded over 5 billion times from the Play Store.