Kakao Mobility has rebranded its cab chauffeur service KakaoTaxi and updated it to include all its existing transportation services along with the new addition of parking. Now called Kakao T, users can call cabs, call for substitute drivers, navigate, and search for parking spaces all through the one app, the company said. They can access any of those services through a tab bar at the top of the app. Payments will be automatically paid through Kakao Pay, the firm said. The new parking service searches for available parking spaces in real time, and will suggest up to five parking spaces around the user's specified location.
According to the Telegraph, an average driver wastes a total of 2,549 hours looking for parking. That's 106 days of wasted time. Now, those are statistics in the UK, but I bet that drivers in the US living in metro areas waste just as much -- if not more -- time looking for parking. Last week, Google quietly launched a new parking feature for Google Maps on Android across 25 major US cities. If you are in these metro areas, you will now see a red parking sign that indicates limited parking availability to help you plan your trip.
A parking difficulty icon popped up in an Android beta for Google Maps earlier this month, but now the feature is officially rolling out. However, there are a couple of caveats. First, the parking warnings are only available in the Android version of Google Maps for now. The new tool will also only warn you about potential parking headaches in 25 US metro areas. Those areas include San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St.
Wandering aimlessly in search of your parking spot could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the latest update to Google Maps. Absent-minded drivers can now easily pinpoint their car and find the best way to get back to it, using the app on their smartphone. And the new feature also provides a countdown timer and notifications, which could mean drivers return before landing a fine. The parking tool was previously available for testing as part of a raft of new tools in Google Maps v9.49 beta. But it is how now gone public, with an update to the Android and iOS app available from today.