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Google Maps has come a long way; and it is interesting to know that the app keeps getting better just like old wine. Google Maps has just announced a couple of new features including the ability to buy train tickets within the app.
To achieve this, Google Maps is integrating two mobile parking payment services into its app–Passport and ParkMobile. With the two mobile payment services you will be able to pay for and replenish parking lot fees through the app on your smartphone.
In a statement per The Verge, Google explained that:
“Simply tap on the “Pay for Parking” button that appears as you near your destination. Then enter your meter number, the amount of time you want to park for, and tap “Pay.” Need to add more time to your meter? Easily extend your parking session with just a few taps.”
Among over 400 US cities to benefit from this new feature are Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC. The ability to pay for train tickets within the app will first be available to Android users before rolling out soon to iPhone users.
The feature will appear alongside your result the same way as when you are searching for transit direction. An option to purchase tickets will appear when the search is being conducted. You will however, require a Google Pay account that is linked to a valid credit or debit card to be able to make a transaction.
After completing the transaction, you will be able to tap-to-pay with your phone or show a digital ticket to a conductor in order to ride in public transportation. Google said the feature will be available to use in over 80 transit systems around the world.
Last December, Google Maps added a new “Go” that allows you to pin your frequent destinations and transit routes. The new addition consists of today’s “Commute” section and significantly enlarges the feature. You can find it between “Explore” and “Saved where it shows a subway/train and car.
Now, with a single tap, you can easily “navigate to frequently-visited places with just one tap.” Unlike what is being replaced, you are able to save more locations than just home and work. This also helps to reduce the number of times you manually type or pan around.
You can add your favorite destinations for regular and easy access to an estimated time of arrival, live traffic trends, and warnings about disruptions in your route. Google also adds a short cut to “Start” navigation to each saved place. Public transit riders on the other hand, can also pin specific routes to see departure and arrival times, as well as ETAs and any alert from local agencies.