Google today announced a useful new parking-reminder feature on Google Maps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Like Apple’s implementation, Google Maps does not require you to manually save the location of your parked vehicle thanks to the automatic parking detection which requires that your iPhone be connected to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth.

If you connect your iPhone to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth, Google Maps will automatically add your parking spot to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle.

Again, just like Apple Maps.

Aside from this feature, Google’s app lets you manually add your parking spot to the map—just tap the blue dot and then choose “Set as parking location”. Your saved parking spot is indicated on the map with an appropriate parking label.

Tapping it reveals a menu with additional options allowing you to:

  • Share where you parked with friends (useful if you’re meeting someone)
  • View pictures of your parking area (to help you recognize your parking spot)
  • Save an image of your parking spot
  • Add a note to your parking spot (to make finding your parked vehicle even faster)
  • Create reminders for when your parking meter is about to expire

You can add a note to your parking spot (like “level 3”, “spot 35” and so forth) and—if you parked in front of a meter—even get a reminder alert fifteen minutes before the meter is about to expire (a very useful feature that’s currently unavailable on Apple Maps).

TUTORIAL: How to share your real-time location on Google Maps

The search giant recently added handy location-sharing features to Google Maps for iOS.

In addition to sharing your continually updated location with friends and family to let them know where you are and when you’ll get there, version 4.30.0 introduced an iMessage app for sending your static location to contacts without leaving your Messages conversation.

Apple Maps’s had the car-parking feature built-in since iOS 10, allowing you to display the location of your parked car directly within the Maps app or by asking Siri. And with the Reminders app, you can even create alerts that trigger when you get in or out of your vehicle.

Grab Google Maps for free on App Store.

Source: Google

  • Will this work with a car charger as well since it’s being plugged into the car?

    • Agneev

      How can your iPhone know that it’s plugged into a car outlet? If it’s CarPlay, then NO, Google hasn’t/won’t implement that.

      • It knows this if you connect to your car via USB audio or Bluetooth

      • Agneev

        Yeah, but he asked just about the USB charge…

      • That won’t enable car-parking feature, I think

  • Alex Wilson

    Thank the Flying Spaghetti monster I don’t live in a big ass city where this is an issue or have early onset dimentia… yet.

    • Rowan09

      Well I live in NY and this feature is useful I use to mark the area myself. People take public transportation and I was building elevators and each day I was at a new location. I would have to park sometimes 1 mile away just to find parking and this would have made it so much easier.

      • Alex Wilson

        I guess then that’s a good for you, I just feel a bit sorry for anyone to be living in such a large city. I’d go crazy not seeing the mountains and forests.

      • Rowan09

        I’m natively from Jamaica and I don’t live the Manhattan, so I get to see a lot of trees, since I’m near Long Island which is considered the suburbans.

  • John

    I sense a lot of shade here, implying that Google stole this feature from Apple. (“Again, just like Apple Maps.”) However, Google Now has been sending notifications about where one has parked for a few years now.

    • Rowan09

      Of course it’s some shade everyone always make it seem as if Android leads the way with everything and it’s just not true. If he said Apple did something like Google maps there would be no issue, but him stating the obvious truth makes you write this statement. Apple maps came a long way and personally I don’t even use Google maps anymore because it’s become that good. It still lags when it comes to POIs though. You’ve been able to mark where you parked for years now as well on Maps, but this article is about it being done automatically.

      • John

        Apple did do something like Google Maps. It’s called Apple Maps. Lol

      • Rowan09

        Lol that’s true. Apple maps was such a mess at first, the GUI was great, but even the logo was done wrong, with the picture showing a path that would lead you into a barrier.

  • khmi

    I’ve noticed that google maps doesn’t save the location of your car when you are at home. Which is smarter than apple maps, I know my car is in my garage.