Remember Where You Parked With the Google Maps App
Just tap the blue dot in your iOS or Android Google Maps app and set your parking location.
Ever have a mini panic attack because you couldn't remember where you parked your car? You may never have to live through that frustrating situation again, thanks to Google.
The company on Tuesday introduced a new Google Maps feature for iOS and Android that will help you remember where you parked.
On Android (pictured above), tap the blue dot and press "Save your parking" to add your spot to the map. From there, you'll see a label on the map identifying where you left your car. You can tap that label to add additional details like the exact spot number, an image of your parking spot and the amount of time before the meter expires. The app will even give you a reminder 15 minutes before your meter expires, if you enter this information. You can also send your parking location to friends.
The experience is similar on iOS: just tap the blue dot and select "Set as parking location." From there, you can tap on the parking label to share it with friends or view photos of your parking area.
Google Maps for iOS also offers an automatic parking detection feature that should make things even easier, should you choose to set it up. Connect the app to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth and your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle, Google Maps Product Manager Jeff Albertson explained in a blog post.
The update comes after Google in January introduced a new beta Maps feature that gives you a heads up about the parking situation near your destination, so you can be mentally prepared if parking is limited. The Google-owned traffic and navigation app Waze, meanwhile, has a "where to park" feature that can help you locate a spot, as well as a "where I parked" option.