Google launches direct payment for Parking on Google Maps via Google Pay

Google launches direct payment for Parking on Google Maps via Google Pay

Google launches direct payment for Parking on Google Maps via Google Pay

AlbertflexAlbertflex in September 05, 2020

Google is launching a new way to pay for parking spaces in Google Maps, this new feature is already available in some cities in the US and is expected to spread wider in the coming weeks.

The new feature, is courtesy of a new partnership between Google and Passport which is a parking app, it allows users to pay for parking directly in Google Maps as they get close to their destination using Google's payment platform Google Pay.

Available on Android and iOS, The feature is targeted at solving staggering issue of parking in major cities where restrictions are not spelt out clearly, together with the new problem of physically touching payment terminals.

According to a statement by the assistant city manager of mobility for Austin, Gina Fiandaca: “This effort improves convenience while also reducing the need to physically touch parking meters or ticketing machines in light of the current global pandemic.

The new feature which is now live in Austin probably due to the large presence Passport users in the city. There’s already a mobile pay parking app, called Park ATX owned by Passport and is available at over 10,000 parking spots. This is an upgrade of the previous payments app ParkX, which Passport acquired in 2016. 

Google is yet to release information on the availability of similar service in other cities in the US or globally, but we believe the company is working on extending the feature to other cities soon.

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