Google has rolled out a pretty nifty feature, just one other item to add to your travel planning arsenal. Now when viewing a route, Google Maps will put a “Parking Difficulty” rating if data is available.
Don’t be so difficult
I did a test this morning, my house to downtown Phoenix, it definitely warned me that parking was going to be limited (which is true on a Monday). Google uses historical data to calculate the difficulty rating which varies from; Easy – Medium – Limited. If not enough data is available, it will not show a rating.
This feature will be of huge help when you are renting a car on vacation. There are a few things that give locals the upper-hand in their city, and parking is one of them. Now that you can be warned of parking difficulties in advance, perhaps you may opt for an Uber or Lyft instead. You can also download the Parking Panda app which allows you to search for and reserve a spot in advance. (Android, iOS)
Rollout in 25 cities
Google’s new parking difficulty notification will initially be available in 25 major cities. Next time you are headed downtown, plug-in your route first and see if you need to give yourself a bit more time to find parking. I have little patience when it comes to parking-spot-hunting, so I will probably order a Uber if Google warns me of parking limitations.
If you are heading to the beach, like Mission Beach in San Diego, it will be nice to know how far away you should start looking for parking. If you get to Mission Beach really early you can find a spot rather easily, but come 9AM~ on a weekend, good luck!
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