ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., announced today a new solution that enables users to pay for parking right from Google Maps. This expands ParkMobile’s work with Google, which launched in November 2020 following the introduction of the redesigned Google Pay app.
Google Maps and ParkMobile are the #1 and #3 ranked apps in the app store’s navigation category, making this a powerful combination for drivers.
Currently, ParkMobile’s integration with Google Pay enables users to pay for parking in over 240 cities across the U.S. without needing to download a separate parking app or create an account. Now with the new Google Maps feature, users can navigate to their destination and then, with just a few taps, quickly pay for parking at most locations where ParkMobile is accepted. This new feature starts rolling out on Android today and will be coming to iOS soon.
To make a parking payment, a user taps the “pay for parking” button from driving navigation in Google Maps. They are then taken directly to the ParkMobile section in the Google Pay app, where they enter their parking zone number, add time, and finish the payment with any credit or debit card saved to their Google Pay account If it is the user’s first time using Google Pay to park, the user also has to enter the car’s license plate number. Once the session has started, the user can easily extend parking time from the Google Pay app without going back to the meter.
“We’re excited to work with ParkMobile to help drivers across the U.S. pay for parking more quickly and conveniently right from Google Maps,” explains Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps. “Google Pay and Google Maps were able to seamlessly incorporate ParkMobile’s software, which helped us bring this feature to life.”
“We are excited to expand our work with Google and bring ParkMobile’s vast inventory into Google Maps,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We know people are constantly jumping between navigation and parking apps. This new feature enables users to navigate to their destination and then quickly pay for parking in one seamless experience.”
Parkmobile, the biggest provider of mobile parking tools in North America, has gone through a recapitalization and received an additional investment from BMW Group in 2018. This makes BMW, which has been a minority investor since 2014, the sole outside investor and majority shareholder in the Atlanta-based company.