Always forgetting where your car's parked? Tag it on Google Maps

Always forgetting where your car's parked? Tag it on Google Maps

The impact on you on the road: This is one of the most overdue features in Google Maps, so much so that even Apple has had it in its far inferior Maps app for w while. When the feature rolls out "soon worldwide," you'll be able to slide out the side menu or just tap the blue dot marking where you are and choose "share location".

After filling out this info, Google Maps will spawn a notification reminding you that you have a saved parking location. Google Maps will save your current parking location until you either click "Clear" or start over with another parking space. You then decide who you want to share with and how long you want to share. But those heading away and leaving their vehicle at an airport or in a city-centre auto park, where people are likely to be overwhelmed by a maze of automobiles, will likely find it a lot more useful. You will also have the option to bypass Google Contacts and copy a link to send to any recipient.

Google Maps beta's parking location tracker will let users manually save their parking location. Google Maps creates a card that shows the approximate location of the vehicle and lets you enter notes about the spot, how much parking time is left if it's a metered space, and a handy option to add photos of parking landmarks, such as location signs.

Location-sharing features have sparked alarm among privacy advocates in the past.

Sounds like driving to meet friends and family could get a whole lot easier in the future.

But location sharing in one of the world's most popular apps could cause friction in marriages and other relationships if one partner demands to know where the other is at all times. Luckily, in the latest Android beta of Google Maps, that won't be a problem anymore. But now, Google will help you find your parked auto (that looks the same as everybody else's). Just tap on the arrow to the right of the route instructions at the bottom of the screen and select the Share trip progress option.

Location-sharing isn't a new concept; you can already do this with apps like Waze and Glympse (And yes, those who remember Latitude know this feature existed there as well). It looks like even Google has given up on people using that social network, as the feature is moving back to Google Maps in the next update.

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