Google Makes Mysterious Changes to a Google Maps Feature Launched 3 Years Ago

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Google Maps isn’t just a super-useful tool when it comes to navigation but also an application that can help drivers find a parking place much faster and easier.
And since early 2017, Google Maps includes even more advanced functionality in this regard, as it comes with a parking session feature, which essentially means that the app can keep an eye on where you parked and let you know how much time you have left at a metered space.

A push notification is sent to your mobile device when the time is about to expire, so if you parked in a limited-time area, Google Maps helps you avoid getting a ticket or paying extra.

Needless to say, this is a really useful feature, and Google might be planning additional improvements in the near future.

As spotted by XDA, Google Maps version 10.49 introduces new strings for this parking session tool which seems to suggest that Google could be looking into a new update for the feature.

For now, this is just mysterious work that Google has remained completely tight-lipped on, so we can only speculate that the company is indeed planning an overhaul of the whole thing.

While the parking session feature comes in handy when leaving the car on a limited-time spot, one inconvenient is that it requires manual input, so presumably, Google is working to make it less intrusive and automatically determine a series of details, including the arrival time, the price of the parking, and possibly even how much time you keep your car parked in the same place based on previous trips to the same location.

For now, however, this is just a guess, and Google is the only one who knows how it plans to overhaul the parking session feature, but the good news is that the company keeps looking into refining the existing tools aimed at drivers with additional functionality.

Not a long time ago, Google was spotted testing traffic flow direction information in Google Maps, a feature that was inspired by Waze, but which is yet to make its debut for everybody.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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