As part of Google’s continued efforts to expand the features of the popular mapping app today Google announced the ability to pay for both parking and transit prices directly in Google Maps.
With the pandemic that makes people even warriors By touching public surfaces, the ability to pay for parking in Google Maps is not only a little extra convenience, but also a useful security measure. To get started, Google will partner with two parking solution providers (Passport and Park Mobile) in more than 400 cities across the United States, including Boston, Cincinnati, LA, NYC and Washington DC
The way it works is that once you have found a parking space, all you have to do is enter the meter number, enter how long you need, and then press the Pay button. And as an added bonus, if you need to add more time to the meter before returning, you can also extend your time on Google Maps.
When it comes to public transportation, people can now pay for public transportation fares on Google Maps for more than 80 different transit agencies around the world. By making it possible to plan and pay for a trip in Google Maps, Google hopes to reduce the hassle of switching between multiple apps and eliminate the confusion of having to find a physical ticket machine. And in some places like the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll even be able to buy a digital Clipper card so you can get past the gym just by scanning your phone.
The most important thing to know is that it seems that payment for transit rates comes from a credit or debit card linked to your Google Pay account, so if you do not Use Google Pay, you’ll probably need to set it up before you can use Google Map’s new transit payment features.
Google says support for parking payments in Google Maps will begin rolling out on Android today with support for iOS “coming soon.” In the meantime, payment for transit prices in Google Maps will be available on Android sometime “in the coming weeks.”