Google Maps can now show parking difficulty and help you find spots


Anyone that has ever traveled to a big city knows how difficult it can be to find a decent parking spot. Finding a parking spot can be the worst part of going to a sporting event or concert. Earlier this year, Google rolled out parking difficulty icons in a few cities. Today, they’re rolling it out to more places and making it even more useful.

When you get directions in Google Maps you’ll see a new parking icon. The icon ranges from “Limited” to “Medium” to “Easy.” Google does this with historical parking data and machine learning. The Google Maps Android app is also getting the ability to help you find parking spots.

On the directions card, you can tap “Find Parking” and see a list of parking garages and lots near your destination. When you pick a spot, it will be added to your directions. You’ll even get walking directions from the spot to your destination. The parking icons and find parking features are currently available in these 25 US cities:

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, Tampa

The parking icons are also available in these 25 cities outside of the US:

Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Valencia, Vancouver

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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