In its latest press update, Google announced a barrage of new features, the most prominent of them being the app for android users to use for paying for their parking. This will happen as soon as Google releases its software update to the masses.
The pay for parking feature comes as a godsend as it means that android users can pay for their parking using voice commands, thus avoiding the hassle of paying at the meter in bad weather, or when scheduled meetings go on and on, and for the situation where you find the cup full of quarters without room for a single dime.
On Thursday, Google announced its partnership with ParkMobile for voice-enabled parking payments. This strategic partnership is just one example of Google’s foray into transportation. Google is also working to develop a digital key as it works with different automakers to fully integrate its android OS in future vehicles.
The parking feature was one of the easiest things for Google to do as it further enmeshes itself into the daily life of its customers. Parkmobile has limited reach and Google will be swift in adding more partners.
Google’s byline here is “No more coins, no more confusion”. There are quite a few parking apps out there, but Google has made a beeline for Parkmobile because of its presence in over 400 cities in the U.S.
With a simple “Hey Google” command, you can check the time left on your meter, and add extra time too, by saying “Hey Google, extend parking”. One thing to take away from this is the fact that Google is tapping your car’s personal information, as well as the whereabouts of your car. And this scores a win for Google against Apple for the prize of your personal information and data.