Google Maps Now Lets You Track Exactly Where Your Friends Are

Posted March 23, 2017

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) is launching a new Google Maps feature.

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.

All you need to do to save your parking space is hit the blue dot that marks your location - this will give you the brand new option to "Save your Parking".

You then choose who you want to share your location with and for how long-length varies from 15 minutes to three days.

Those you've chosen to share your location with will see where you are on their map inside the Google Maps app. Also, an icon appears above the compass on your own screen to remind you whenever real-time sharing is active with anyone. You then decide who you want to share with and how long you want to share. Maps allow users to input more details about their parking spot.

Given it helps with mapping, route planning, finding parking and many more facets of commuting, it was only a matter of time before Google Maps helped you find your vehicle.

The search engine known for helping you find what you're looking for can now help you find your vehicle too.

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We'll let you know once it starts arriving on devices.

You can become a tester by clicking a link on the Google Maps app in the app store or Google Play.

The new tool allows you to store you location data and set a timer for when you need to have returned to your vehicle.

And, while it's not clear if Google plans to monetize the new feature, the marketing potential of tracking consumers' real-time whereabouts is huge.

Smartphones make it impossible to lose your phone, but now Google is looking to ensure you can't lose something considerably bigger: your auto. After inclusion of cab booking feature, the latest beta release of Google Maps app support a type of parking aid which can bring relief to those who usually forget the parking spot of their auto.

It's not hard to imagine how Google's location sharing can make a lot of things easier.

In the most recent beta version of the Android app Google added an upgrade to the parking feature.