The 10th annual State of the Map conference was held earlier this month in Japan. According to the organisers over 200 participants attended one of the most important OpenStreetMap related conferences of the year. Google, Facebook, Apple, Mapbox, Mapillary and many others had interesting talks scheduled during the event. If like me, you also missed […]
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The community of 4 million collecting and using geo data for the common good of all now has another addition to its growing catalog of reference layers. Esri is making its global collection of satellite imagery available to OpenStreetMap (OSM) through the former’s World Imagery Service. Till now, OSM mappers were using satellite imagery layers […]
Finding a parking spot is always top of mind, so we’re rolling out an update to the parking difficulty icons feature we launched earlier this year, and introducing a brand new one.
Starting today, people in 25 additional cities outside of the United States can use parking difficulty icons on Google Maps for Android and iOS.
To see how hard it might be to park where you’re headed, just get directions to your destination and look for the parking difficulty icon in the directions card at the bottom of the screen. Parking difficulties range from limited to medium to easy and are based on historical parking data with a little machine learning magic.
Since parking can be unpredictable, we’re rolling out the ability to find parking near your destination on Google Maps for Android.
In 25 US cities, people can tap “find parking” on the directions card to see a list of parking garages and lots near their destination. Once they tap their selected option, it’s automatically added to their trip. And they’ll even get walking directions from their parking spot to their final destination. How’s that for door to door service?
With parking difficulty icons, the ability to find parking, and save your parking location on the map, Google Maps gets you from point A to point B and everything in between.
*Parking difficulty icons are now available in the following cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Valencia, Vancouver
**People can now find parking in the following US cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, DC, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa.