Google Maps would already be able to reveal to you which train to take or map out an ideal driving route. Presently, it’s improving on travel significantly more by allowing clients to pay for parking or public transportation directly from their phones.
As of Wednesday, clients can interface their Google (GOOG) Maps accounts with their Google Pay wallets and make transportation-related payments while never leaving the app. By bypassing parking meters and train ticket machines, individuals can save time and try not to touch public surfaces — an or more during the pandemic.
The new features are only the latest update to Google Maps, which has planned to turn out to be something other than a spot to discover directions. In December, for example, Google added the ability for verified businesses to message clients straightforwardly through the app, as more organizations depend on digital interactions to drive sales. The application likewise added a feature in September that shows how pervasive Covid is in a given region.
“From booking an online yoga class to ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant —Google Maps is a powerful sidekick that lets you accomplish tasks throughout your day,” the organization said in a Wednesday blog post.
For parking, the organization has cooperated with two tech suppliers — Passport and ParkMobile — that will interface Google Maps to road parking meters. At the point when individuals are utilizing Google Maps to navigate to a destination, the app will automatically prompt them to “pay for parking.” They would then be able to enter their meter number, the amount of time they want to park for, and hit “pay.”
The new compensation for stopping highlight will likewise allow clients to expand the time on their parking meter remotely.
For clients who depend on public transportation, Google says it’s growing the ability to pay for transit fares through the app: It will currently interface with more than 80 transit agencies around the world.
As clients plan their trip, Google Maps will tell them the best way to pay for their trip and let them do it ahead of time using a credit or debit card saved in their Google Pay wallet. That way, when they show up at the station, they can be on their way without pulling out their wallet or switch to another application.
“Once you’ve purchased your fare, all you need to do is tap your phone on the reader or show your digital ticket to breeze onboard,” Google said.
While numerous individuals are as yet spending a great deal of time at home as a result of the pandemic, these features will probably prove to be useful as more individuals get vaccinated and the reopening proceeds.