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Google Quickly Rolls Out Major New Google Maps Payments Feature


Google is rolling out a new way to pay for parking in Google Maps, which is live right now in Austin, Texas and will be available more widely in the coming weeks. 

The new feature, which comes from a partnership between Google and parking app Passport, lets users pay for parking directly in Google Maps as they approach their destination. Users can either pay via Google Pay or go to a payments site in their browser. 

Available on Android and iOS, the feature aims to solve the long-standing issue of parking in cities where restrictions aren’t clear, alongside the new problem of physically touching payment terminals. As Gina Fiandaca, assistant city manager of mobility for Austin, explained in a statement on Passport’s website. 

“This effort improves convenience while also reducing the need to physically touch parking meters or ticketing machines in light of the current global pandemic.”


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Want to learn more about how COVID-19 has changed the way consumers pay?

TSG conducted a survey of 483 consumers in the U.S., with the goal of understanding the impact COVID-19 has had on the way the U.S. consumer pays for goods and services. The survey was conducted on April 20th, 2020.

Click here to download the infographic based on payment method insights.