Google Maps helps users find where they parked

Parking on Google Maps

It can also be restrictive and annoying or, in a worst-case scenario, abusive and controlling.

One easy solution is to use your smartphone to help remember where you parked and snap one of the signs in a lot marking the area you're in.

To access the feature, all you'll need to do is tap on the blue dot that shows where you are. Then, you can chose who to share your location with - and for how long.

You can also share the location you parked in with others, which could be useful as a meeting point after shopping trips or if you are leaving the vehicle for someone else to use. You can turn sharing off at any time.

The new tool allows you to store you location data and set a timer for when you need to have returned to your auto. This move will allow you to share your location with anyone. This wouldn't be enough for a multistory parking garage, though, so you can bring up a new interface that lets you save a ton of information. There will be an alert on the screen when the sharing option is on. This is not only time-effective, but will also save you from potential fines. The app will automatically mark the parked vehicle's location as the user leaves the auto. This enables you to see all the places that have been added by you on the map.

Location sharing is the most significant update.

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But those days could soon be behind me.

There are other benefits as well. Tap option to share your real-time location and trip progress and they'll be in the know. Coordinating meetings on the fly is much easier when everyone knows where everyone else is.

Ever get a message asking, "When will you get here?" when you're 30 seconds (or 30 minutes) from your destination?

Location sharing isn't novel. "What are you trying to hide?" A lot of functions have been added like useful parking spot reminders and sharing favorite local spots with friends. The partner can always turn sharing off, but unless she's running, the outcome could be another beating.

There's some measure of risk when sharing your location, so Google took pains to say that you should only do it with someone you trust.

Kevin Murnane covers science, technology and video games for Forbes.

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