Google Maps will Let You Pay for Parking Right from Phones

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Google Maps is simplifying travel by allowing users to pay for parking and public transportation without having to leave the app.

Users now can connect their Google Pay wallets with Google (GOOG) Maps accounts and make payments right on their phones. This helps people save time and avoid touching public surfaces.

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Google Maps enable paying for street parking

This latest update to Google Maps is aimed to become more than just a place to navigate destinations. 

The app added a feature in September that shows the prevalence of coronavirus is in a particular area.

"From booking an online yoga class to ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant —Google Maps is a powerful sidekick that lets you accomplish tasks all throughout your day," said Google. 

In December, Google added the feature that enables verified businesses to chat with customers directly through the app. 

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Google Maps will Let You Pay for Parking Right from Phones

In terms of parking, the company has partnered with Passport and ParkMobile, which connects Google Maps with street parking meters. 

When people use Google Maps to find directions, a prompt of "pay for parking" will be shown. They then are able to enter their meter number, the amount of time they want to park for, and hit "pay."

With this new paying feature, users can also extend the time on their parking meters from the app.

Google is letting users who rely on public transportation pay for transit fares through the app. It will now connect to over 80 transit agencies across the world. 

For those who plan their trip, Google Maps will show them how to pay for their trip and allow them to pay in advance using a credit or debit card. When they arrive at the station, they don’t need to pull out their wallet or switch to another app.

"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.

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