Google is launching, in some countries, options to pay directly for a ticket or a parking space from the Maps application.
No more having to queue at the dispenser (and sterilize your hands afterwards). Google Maps has decided to launch, in certain countries, new features of payment for trips and parking lots. Thanks to Passport and Parkmobile, users can now easily pay for a parking reservation from the app. All you have to do is touch the “Pay for parking” button that appears when you approach your destination, enter the desired parking time, then click on the Pay button. Your date lasts longer than expected? No problem, it is also possible to extend your session from the application. The rollout of the option has started on Android in more than 400 cities in the United States (Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, etc.) and will soon arrive on iOS.
Google has also worked with several companies around the world to make it possible to pay for certain public transport using the Maps app. “Now you can plan your trip, pay your ticket and start moving without having to juggle the apps (…) When you receive your route sheet, you will see an option to pay for the trip with your smartphone” indicates the Mountain View firm in its blog post.
Once the amount has been paid, simply pass the phone over the control terminal or show your digital ticket. The feature will be rolled out to Android in the coming weeks. It will concern the routes offered by 80 transport companies around the world. Le Journal du Geek asked Google to find out if these options would arrive in France and if so when. We’ll be sure to update the article if we get any more information.