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Lost Your Car? Google Maps Might Help

By March 29, 2017May 25th, 2021Technology News

Google Maps has, for years now, been the savior of directionally challenged people everywhere, and it just got even better. Thanks to a new update that was made without fanfare, it will now help you remember where you parked.

When you get wherever you’re going, if you’ve got the app pulled up, you can simply tap the blue “pin” to mark your location and Google will save it, replacing the standard pin with a big red “P” on the map.

Of course, if you find yourself in a multi-level parking garage, that alone would not provide you with enough information to quickly and easily locate your vehicle again. But the change also allows you to take photos of your car or other surroundings, type notes and append these to the pin for recall later if you need a hint.

That’s huge, and it just made travel into any cityscape a whole lot easier, especially if it’s an area you’re not that familiar with in the first place.

As an added bonus, if you’ve parked somewhere and had to feed money into a parking meter, you can plug in the time on the meter as you walk away. Google Maps will offer a running countdown that shows how much time you have remaining on the meter before it needs to be fed again, which is another tremendous convenience.

For the moment, the updates are only available for Android devices and only working on Google Maps, version 9.49. However, as soon as this latest version makes its way through the iStore’s approval process, Apple users will be able to enjoy the latest benefit as well.

Business travel, especially to a city you’re not familiar with, can be a frustrating experience, but thanks to these changes, it just got a little less so!

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.