We’ve all had those days. You head to the store, park far down the lot, and come back out with no idea where your car is. In larger parking areas there are letters that mark parking rows, but often parking feels like the wild west. Google wants to change all this, and is looking to use the power of GPS to mark your car’s location so you can return to it later.

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When you opt to mark down your location in a parking lot, the app will slap down a small “P” icon. Since this only really works for single-floor lots, you can edit notes in your parking icon to mark what floor you are on as well as how much time you have left if you’re on a meter. This can also alert you when your time is almost up as well, which is very useful for locations where you pay to park. If you want to remember where you were visually, you can also take a photo to see where you left your vehicle.


The new feature is only live in Google Maps 9.49 for Android, which you can download from the Play Store at the link below.

Are you excited for the new feature? This will be most useful in shopping malls and mass parking areas, but will be great for metered parking as well. Let us know your thoughts below.

David Imel
David Imel  is a 21 year-old technology enthusiast hailing from Smartville, Califorina. He moves a lot so he's probably not really living in any one place. David loves Android, Writing, Computer Hardware, Mechanical Keyboards, Super Smash Brothers: Melee, and many other geeky things. He attended the University of California: Santa Cruz from 2013-2017 and now writes articles like no tomorrow.
  • MRacer001

    what the hell took then so long to add this!?

  • ProLoveLife

    Ok Google does it for you automatically since 2014. 2014 I took a ride with my mom and her husband do the Toronto Jazz Festival. After a couple of hours of walking we did not remember where we parked the car, so I opened OK Google and it show me exactly where the car is without needing to set it up, so OK Google know we drove there and that we stopped driving and probably park the car so it remember where we parked the car without me needing to tell it to remember.

    • Derek Johnson

      I was going to say that. My phone is Nexus 6p and has just done it without any action on my part.

  • Travis Stindt

    this isn’t new. my phone has been doing this for a long while now. with 0 input from me.