New features on Google Maps will now allow its users to pay for parking or public transportation right from their phones thereby making travelling even more easy apart from letting users know which train to take or to map out an optimal driving route.
Starting this week, Google is allowing its users to connect their Google Pay wallets to their Google Maps accounts and make payments related to transportation and travelling without the need to leave the app. This new feature of Google Maps will help people save on time while also avoiding touching public surfaces – a critical benefit during the pandemic, as it wil allow users to bypassing parking meters and train ticket machines.
Google has been trying to make Google Maps more useful for its users than to just find directions and the new features are the latest update to that aim. For example, the ability for verified businesses to message customers directly through the app was added to it in December with more companies now relying on digital interactions to drive sales. The prevalence of coronavirus is in a given area was made available through Google Maps wihjt the addition of a new feature in September last year.
“From booking an online yoga class to ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant —Google Maps is a powerful sidekick that lets you accomplish tasks all throughout your day,” the company said in a blog post.
Passport and ParkMobile – two tech providers, partnered with the company for the parking payment service as it links street parking meters with Google Maps. The app will automatically prompt them to “pay for parking” when users use using Google Maps to navigate to a destination. Users can hit “pay” after entering their meter number and the amount of time they want to park for.
Users will also be able to remotely extend the time on their parking meter with the use of the new pay for parking feature.
The ability of Google to pay for transit fares through the app is being expanded by the company to make it more useful for users who rely on public transportation, Google said. The company plans to connect the app with more than 80 transit agencies around the world.
When Google Map users make a plan for a trip, the app will show them how to pay for their trip while also allowing users to make an advance payment using a credit or debit card hat is saved in their Google Pay wallet. This will allow a user to be on their way without having to pull out their wallet or switch to another app when they arrive at the station.
“Once you’ve purchased your fare, all you need to do is tap your phone on the reader or show your digital ticket to breeze on board,” Google said.
These new features of the app will become more useful with more people getting vaccinated and with the further opening up of countries.
(Adapted from CNN.com)