The feature uses historical parking data to calculate a parking hard score that is shown in Google Map's direction card - the options include "Limited", "Medium" and "Easy".
The location-sharing feature will debut Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps app and on personal computers. When you share your trip with people, they'll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination. The only thing you'll need to remember is to open Google Maps as you exit the vehicle and tap on the blue dot that shows your current location. Once you've arrived, your location sharing automatically ends. As well as dropping a pin on the map, you can also record the row and level you parked in, which would be handy if you live somewhere with lots of multi-story parking.
Google has been enhancing Maps recently with the information about how local events will impact traffic and how hard it will be to find a parking spot in an area.
You know that stressful feeling when you can't remember exactly where you've parked your auto and how long you have until the ticket runs out? The update gives people the option to share their real-time whereabouts, and their travel routes, with select contacts for a chosen time period, according to a blog post from Google Maps engineering manager Daniel Resnick.
You can also share your route with a friend.
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To be clear, Google has already had a parking remind feature long ago when it introduced the functionality into Google Now back in 2014. Since the beginning of the year, it has added some pretty great features to make it easier to get where you're going, including Uber integration, parking availability, and saved places.
Location sharing is the most significant update.
More useful is sharing your ETA on a trip.
The new features also do not at this time integrate with Assistant, the voice and text-enabled virtual assistant platform on Google Home and Google's Pixel phone.