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Google Maps now makes sure you never forget where you parked

Plus reminds you to feed the meter

By Parker Wilhelm | Mar 21, 2017, 03.06 AM IST
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If you've ever found yourself going, "Dude, where's my car?" one too many times in a crowded parking lot, Google Maps' latest feature may be of use to you.

The search giant's wayfinding app has a new ability, first spotted during its Android mobile beta , that allows users to track where they've parked .

The feature also lets users take notes about their parking spot and attach pictures to remind them where are - an especially useful duo of tools when navigating a massive mall parking lot, or floors of a garage with similar-looking layouts.

A timer can also be set, which is handy for keeping tabs on how long you can be out running errands before risking a ticket for overstaying at a parking meter.

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This isn't Maps' first foray into making parking less of a pain. The app recently also added a method of gauging parking difficulty at your final destination - allowing savvy drivers to plan ahead if spaces are limited.

Meanwhile, competitor Apple Maps has had a similar skill since the release of iOS 10 - allowing users to drop a pin for their car automatically whenever they disengage CarPlay or Bluetooth connectivity with their vehicle- something Google Maps still can't do.

We have contacted Google to learn more about Maps' new space-saving feature, and its plans to roll out to other platforms such as iOS, and will update this story as more details develop.

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