Beware Of Using Google Maps To Find Your Car

June 24, 2019

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Thanks to Google Assistant, you’ll never lose your car in the parking lot again! A new update from Google allows Google Assistant to automatically remember where you parked your car by simply saying, "Hey Google, remember where I parked.” When you’re ready to return to your car, you can ask Google where you parked for a reminder. However reports from users warn that this feature has spotty accuracy in places where you have poor network reception. Unlike the similar feature for Apple products, which use your vehicle's Bluetooth or Apple's CarPlay to locate your car, Google Assistant relies on your location history to estimate your parking spot. So, you’ll know your car is in a parking garage, but you might not be able to drill down to the exact space (or close to it). But there is a workaround to improve the accuracy. Instead of relying on Google Assistant’s estimation, you should instead manually save your parking spot in Google Maps (Open Google Maps, tap blue dot that shows your location & set as your parking location). When you save your spot manually, Google Assistant will use this more specific location instead of its own approximation, so the response you get when you tell it to “remember where I parked” will be more accurate.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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