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Google Maps to ease driving headaches by steering users away from busy car parks – Telegraph.co.uk

Google Maps has allowed us to time our journeys to the minute, but everyone will be familiar with getting to their destination just in time, only to be delayed as they drive around looking for a parking spot. The new feature, found in the Google Maps v9.44 beta, tells users how busy parking is likely to be on their arrival. The feature will not offer drivers real-time parking information, but advice based on how hard it normally is to find spaces in a given area.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google Maps has allowed us to time our journeys to the minute, but everyone will be familiar with getting to their destination just in time, only to be delayed as they drive around looking for a parking spot.
  • It has a graded system of “easy”, “medium” and “limited” for parking availability at certain destinations, displayed next to the estimated arrival time on the main screen and as the final instruction in the directions list.
  • But a forthcoming update to the app may put this problem behind us but offering users advice about parking availability at their given destination.

“The new feature, found in the Google Maps v9.44 beta, tells users how busy parking is likely to be on their arrival.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/18/google-maps-ease-driving-headaches-steering-users-away-busy/