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Google May Update Maps App To Help Drivers Find Parking Spots

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

Google may soon provide a new service that will notify users of potential parking spots in the area and the level of difficulty in finding one.

At a music or sports event, for example, where crowds can make finding a parking space quite an onerous task, drivers will be informed on the likelihood of finding a free spot. The new feature is included in the pre-release version of Google Maps and is expected to eventually be implemented in the final edition, according to Android Police.

The app add-on ranks parking difficulty at three different levels: easy, medium and hard. But so far the capabilities do not seem very extensive since “there’s no indication of where the data comes from,” which could mean that parking availability is not updated due to other elements like local events or time of day. Both are factors that could greatly change the prospect of finding a space for a vehicle.

While development of the technology seems to be in the preliminary phases, the update to one of the most widely used Google apps will provide features that could be considered an app by itself. “It’s possible Google will roll this out to people over time or may be waiting to turn it on at a future date,” reports Android Police.

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