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Google yesterday announced a feature to help Google Maps users remember where they're leaving their car once they've arrived at their destination.

The feature is simple enough to activate once you've parked up, and like Apple Maps, if you have your iPhone connected to your car via USB audio or Bluetooth, Google Maps will automatically tag your vehicle's location on the map when you disconnect it.

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If your iPhone isn't connected to your car, you'll have to do this manually: Open up the app, tap the blue location dot and then select "Set as parking location" to add it to the map.

Tapping on the parking icon that remains on the map also opens the parking card, which includes options to share the location with friends and view pictures of the parking area.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked Your Car
 
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macs4nw

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Shoulda had this years ago, when I spend a couple of hours to find my (then) new car in the wee hours, after parking it and mistakenly believing it was somewhere else. Not a great way to impress my (very patient) date on our first evening together.

Needless to say my self confidence took a bit of a beating that night, but things worked out.
 

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I would like to set ANY kind of BT connection as trigger. (Apple Maps, Google Maps or anywhere else)

I have a BT connected media remote on my steering wheel, needless to say that when it loses connection, that's as good as my car's (non-existant) BT connection getting lost.

Both indicate me walking away from my car.

Example pic:
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(excellent little device for anyone rocking a car without built-in controls)

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Shoulda had this years ago, when I spend a couple of hours to find my (then) new car in the wee hours, after parking it and mistakenly believing it was somewhere else. Not a great way to impress my (very patient) date on our first evening together.

Needless to say my self confidence took a bit of a beating that night, but things worked out.
Years ago, iOS itself did have the thing that was secretly tracking your location history. Could've impressed your date with some elite hacking skills. Anyway, I think I've had worse...
 

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Do American people really forget where they have left their second biggest (usually) asset? This sounds like a feature very few people would need.
 
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Do American people really forget where they have left their second biggest (usually) asset? This sounds like a feature very few people would need.

I can't speak for everyone, but this could be useful in cities and theme parks alone. Cities can have multiple parking decks and lots in a single square block. After visiting say a museum and going to a restaurant or what have you, it's not impossible to get turned around. Particularly if you're not familiar with the area. This would at least give you a general direction to get your bearings instead of walking off in the wrong direction.

Theme park parking lots are good for this too. After a long day of walking, finding your car quickly to either avoid the rush of people leaving or to save frustration, especially with cranky kids, can really help.
 

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Google also knows why you were late getting home last night!
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Why target Americans? I'm in the UK and have often lost my car. Airport parking was my worst time. Took me ages to find it.

Can you beat three and a half hours wandering an airport car park?
 

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I really don't see the need, are people getting that stupid? What other parts of their brains do they need a computer to substitute lol
 
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Last one to be able to do that - even my car manufacturer's app does that.

Gee - you don't think that Google will be selling your location so you can get location based ads and other junk. They aren't doing it for us they are doing it to make more money.
I'm sure you won't be able to opt out of this - so use it or not they are gaining and selling more information about you
 

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I really don't see the need, are people getting that stupid? What other parts of their brains do they need a computer to substitute lol

The short answer....yes. And have been for decades. Was there ever a time that I didnt see those stupid tennis balls on car antennae? Not sure how you differentiated yours from someone else's. I admit I did it once running late to pick up girlfriend at airport. My mind was racing thinking of how I would never hear the end of it if I wasn't at gate on time, just wasn't paying attention to what level I was on at a multi level parking structure. I knew where just not level, so after racing and getting there and picking up her luggage, I felt all relieved, only to just draw a blank when I made it to elevator and had to choose a floor, "Wait a minute, was it level 3. Oh ****"
 
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Zadigre

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Apple maps has had this functionality based on movement speed for what, 3 years now?

I think it's based on bluetooth or USB connection...
I'm getting the car park feature only in my car (my phone is connected to bluetooth).
Using my wife's car when there's no bluetooth or usb connection, I don't get the parked car "notification" in Apple Maps.
 
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Do American people really forget where they have left their second biggest (usually) asset? This sounds like a feature very few people would need.

In some areas of our country, we have very big outdoor malls and such. Just being a bit preoccupied makes it a bit easy to get turned around in a huge lot. Especially if you exit the mall from a different location.
 
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