Google Maps has been a great relief for all the travelers around the globe. It shows how much traffic there is on the way to the desired destination and therefore what is the best possible route to choose.

However, what you never anticipate is whether or not you will be able to find parking when you reach your destination.

Thankfully, this problem is now solved. In the latest Google Maps update v9.44 beta, users will be able to see the parking difficulty at their destinations.

How Does It Work?

When you search for a destination, a little “P” shows up next to your route duration estimate. It uses three indicators to let you know about the traffic conditions:

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Limited

It is actually color-coded – so when the parking is “limited”, the icon will show up in a red color. The “easy” and “medium” will show up as a blue icon. Once you start driving around, it gives you further details, indicating that parking around your destination is “usually not easy” or “limited”.

Google Maps, parking space

The only setback is the parking availability isn’t actually shown in real-time – but it gives you the information based on the usual conditions that you would expect at your destination.

The new update gives you enough information for you to decide whether you want to take the chance to try and find parking over your destination or not.


The new parking indicator is still rolling out to a some users who are on the Maps beta. If you are already a beta tester, you can download the app straight away and test it out – if you are not, then you should register yourself as tester and enjoy the latest feature.