Google has made our life simpler in many ways. It is the most powerful search engine right now. Google has so many services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Keep etc. But my favourite is Google Maps. One of the features of Google maps that many people are not aware of is that, you can find parking difficulty and parking spots with it. This feature shows the difficulty of getting a parking spot and also shows available parking spots.
Google map has grown so much over the period from its inception. It is no more just tool for getting direction from one point to another point. It now shows so much information along the way that is useful for travellers, which makes their life much easier on the go.
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Use Google Maps to Find Parking Difficulty and Parking space:
Find Parking Difficulty Using Google Maps:
Google uses machine learning algorithm and historical data to predict parking difficulty. The difficulty ranges from “Easy” to “Medium” to “Limited”. Based on these indicators you may guess the parking situation of your destination. To use this feature, Open the Google Maps app, click on Go and type your destination name. Once you do this, it shows you the possible directions. At the bottom of the screen, it shows the “Parking Difficulty Icon”. Use this as an indicator to know about the parking situation at your preferred destination. If it shows “Easy” then it means that you can get a parking spot easily. If its “Medium” then you have fifty percent of change of getting a parking spot and if it shows “Difficult” then it means that you have a lesser chance of getting a parking spot.
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Find Parking Space Using Google Maps:
This feature shows the available parking space for your vehicle around your destination. To use this feature just get the direction and then expand “Route Info”. On the route info page, it shows all the available parking spaces around your destination. Just click on one of the parking spots and google sets navigation to that place. It also shows the walking navigation towards your original destination once you park your vehicle in parking space. Overall, it’s a great feature.
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The sad part is, this feature is only available in certain American cities. These few cities are Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, DC, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.
Overall, these two features are quite handy for car owners. Finding a parking spot for a vehicle is quite a tedious task in major cities and these two feature comes handy to make life little less difficult. I hope Google will expand this feature on large scale.
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