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Google Maps now lets you pay for parking and transit without leaving the app



From Wednesday, users can connect to theirs Google (GOOG) Mapping accounts with their Google Pay wallets and making transport-related payments without leaving the app. By bypassing parking meters and train ticket machines, people can save time and also avoid touching public surfaces – a plus during the pandemic.
The new features are just the latest update to Google Maps, which aims to be more than just a place to find directions. In December, for example, Google added the ability for verified businesses to send messages to customers directly through the app, as more companies rely on digital interactions to drive sales. The app also added a feature in September that shows how widespread coronavirus is in a given area.
“From ordering an online yoga class to ordering takeaway from your favorite restaurant – Google Maps is a powerful sidekick that lets you perform tasks all day,” the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.

For parking, the company has entered into a partnership with two technology providers – Passport and ParkMobile – which will link Google Maps to street parking meters. When people use Google Maps to navigate to a destination, the app will automatically ask them to “pay for parking.” Then they can enter the meter number, how long they want to park for and press “pay”.

New features in Google Maps allow users to pay for parking and public transportation directly from the app.

The new payment for the parking function will also allow users to extend the time on the parking meter remotely.

For users who depend on public transportation, Google says it is expanding the ability to pay for transit prices via the app: It will now connect to more than 80 transit agencies worldwide. When users plan their trip, Google Maps will show them how to pay for the trip and let them do so in advance using a credit or debit card stored in the Google Pay wallet. That way, when they arrive at the station, they can be on their way without having to pull out their wallet or switch to another app.

“Once you have purchased your ticket price, all you have to do is press your phone on the browser or view the digital ticket to the breeze on board,” Google said.

While many people still spend a lot of time at home due to the pandemic, these features are likely to come in handy as more people are vaccinated and reopening continues.


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