Google Now will remember where you parked so you don’t have to

Daniel Bader

April 30, 2014 5:20pm

Google has updated its Search app today, adding automatic parking detection, a feature that was reportedly in the works for a while.

The app will attempt to figure out where you’ve parked and place a marker in that spot, making it easy to follow a map back to the car later on. It’s yet another way that Google Now is trying to anticipate peoples’ needs without needing explicit action.

The company has also redesigned the Reminders tab so more readily show previous inputs so as to more easily reuse them.

The update is rolling out to all users running Android 4.1 and above throughout the week, so if you don’t have it yet, be patient.

  • Pawv

    I’ll be a block away if it’s anything like Google maps…. Which is where it tells me what my location is when I’m in my house!!

    • Adam

      Well, that’s because when you’re in your house you don’t have line of sight to satellites, so it’s not nearly as accurate. Outdoors will be another story. I’m usually accurate to about 5m

    • Pawv

      Ah that makes sense! But I will say even my car’s GPS says I’m a block away when I’m in my driveway so idk!

    • Martin Chan

      The first 5 minutes it’ll show within 7 blocks and then once it zeros in which takes forever, then it’s more around 3-4 meters.

    • Muddy_Water

      Just tested mine and it was within 10′ instantly

    • kevy

      Street view used to be a little off for my house so I clicked on the report a problem link and told them that the street view of my house was wrong . I told them that my house was 30 meters further south. About 3 weeks later I received an email and they thanked me for my report and said that it had been corrected. And it was.

  • Don Sod

    Had this on my Windows Phone for awhile now. Sweet for absent minded folks like me.

  • BetelgeuseOrion

    My Tesla knows where i parked too 🙂

    • taxidriver9

      So does my Camry. But I don’t know where I parked it!

    • BetelgeuseOrion

      the Tesla has an app for Android/iPhone/WP and you can see a live position on google maps, if someone is driving it you can see its speed, etc

  • Stuntman06

    I need it the most in multi-level parkades where I don’t get a good GPS signal.

  • Matthew Pringle

    Did you fire your editor?

  • L Joel

    how do you use it?

  • oz

    windows phone has had this for a while but I guess we’ll wait until the next windows phone review to see how “far” it is behind its competitors on core features.

  • McNucklefuts

    I STILL don’t have the nickname feature on my N5 or N7 (Call Mom – or other relationship).
    Is this just the case for Canadians? Anyone have the same problem?

    • chetankania

      US only. Apparently, those outside the US don’t employ the use of nicknames (at least according to Google).

      FYI, AFAIK same goes with the parking card.

    • Chris G

      Parking card works for me but not the most accurate

    • chetankania

      do you have your car as a place under the location settings?

    • Chris G

      Nope. I have google location reporting on but thats all.

    • chetankania

      I wonder if it is because i say that the bus is my primary transportation method.

  • AReid

    Personally I don’t think this is needed but I’m sure there will be at least 1 person that sees this as a benefit. #nowthedrunkscanfindtheircars

  • Mike L

    “Remember kids, we’re in the Itchy lot”