Google Maps Could Feature A Parking Spot Guidance System

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Lines of code referring to parking difficulty in update for Google Maps
Google keeps doing what it has done for many years, and continuously improves its services.
The latest improvement was applied to the Google Maps app, which apparently features a body of code that will bring along the capability of directing a user to a parking spot.

While users cannot seek a parking spot with the current version of the Google Maps mobile app, the Mountain View giant seems to be preparing itself for a time when it will be capable of this feat.

The line of code was discovered by the nifty people at Android Police, who took the time to analyze the source code of Google Maps’ v9.34 app by tearing down its APK. As they explain in a disclaimer, they can only speculate on the reason why Google would place the specific lines of code discovered within the source code of the Google Maps app.

With that mentioned, it appears that the source-code of the popular navigation app includes multiple lines of code that indicates "Parking Difficulty." As the print screens from the app have revealed, the developers of the app have prepared it to map certain areas depending on the difficulty of finding a parking spot in the vicinity.

Three parking "levels" were classified: Easy, Medium, and Hard. The latter refers to a section where there are limited places in an area, so Google Maps might advise the user to go somewhere else to park the car.

The feature is not yet live, so not even developers could feast in the benefits of Google’s advanced technology. The same update, which will be available to regular users soon, will also come with a few benefits that will be at your fingertips (pun intended). We belive the new feature could be helpful for the company's self-driving cars.

The mentioned features are preventing accidental swipes, and keeping the map orientated North at all times. The second element will be available only if the user toggles it from the Settings menu of the app, while the former will also require a visit to the same section of the Google Maps application.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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