Find Parking with Google Maps


Finding a parking space can be difficult in some situations, especially if we are in a hurry. Whatever time you are in a new place, the waste of time finding the parking space is guaranteed. Fortunately, Google Maps comes to meet us through a specific function that allows you to find a parking space for our vehicle.

The Find parking function of Google Maps has already introduced two years ago and as the name implies, allows you to easily view the parking in a certain position based on the average availability of parking spaces in the area.

The function also shows a list of parking spaces and buildings for parking nearby, then marking their position on the map. This will not only save you valuable parking research time but also help you plan your trip well in advance before you leave.

With that said, let’s see how to use the feature.

How to quickly search for parking with Google Maps

Before you get started, make sure you have the latest version of the Google Maps app. Open the Play Store and update it in case you would not have done it yet, this will always allow you to have the latest functions available.

  • Enable GPS location on your smartphone;
  • Open the Google Maps app and tap the blue  Go button  located at the bottom right;
  • Now set the starting point and the destination in the relative fields;
  • Then open the driving directions form, you will see a “P” icon located near the arrival time indicated;
  • Touching it, the color will indicate the availability of the parking, the red will indicate little availability while the blue will have a good chance of finding it;
  • It will also be possible to find parking spaces by tapping on  Find parking, which will show a list of places directly indicated by Google;
  • Once you reach the parking lot, the app will provide you with walking directions from the parking space to the actual destination;
  • You can also touch the blue dot for your position and touch the Save parking item, in order to memorize the position of the parking space.

The function is still limited to specific areas and therefore may not always be available. This, however, is expanding and uses machine learning to analyze historical parking data.