During this pandemic, contactless payments have become a necessity to reduce the physical interaction we have while we wait for the full launch of the vaccine. One of the things Google is helping do that is by allowing you to do things in your applications digitally and virtually that require little to no touch from public surfaces. Google Maps now allows you to do things like pay for parking and transit fee directly from the app itself, as long as you have your Google Pay account connected to it.
Google Maps has partnered with parking solution providers Passport and Park Mobile so you can pay for your parking directly from the app without having to go down and power up the parking meter. When you are close to your destination, the “Pay for Parking” button will appear. Touch it, enter your meter number and the time you wish to park, and then press “Pay.” You can also extend your parking session from the app itself so you don’t have to go back and add money to the meter.
Meanwhile, they are also expanding the payment of transit fees globally, partnering with more than 80 transit agencies around the world. You will be able to purchase your fare from the Google Maps application and then use it to travel to your destination without having to switch between multiple applications. When you look at the transit instructions on Maps, you can see if there is an option to pay for the ride from the app. There are also some places like San Francisco where you can buy a digital Clipper card directly from the app.
In order to do this, you must connect your Google Pay account to your Google Maps. And of course, your Google Pay account is linked to a debit or credit card from supported banks. These contactless payments are important not just because of the pandemic but also during extreme weather conditions where you don’t want to get out of the car to pay for parking or when you need to quickly pay for your ride without the hassle of queuing or using another app.
The pay-for-parking feature on Google Maps began rolling out in more than 400 cities in the US, including Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and more. Pay-per-transit will arrive on Android devices in the coming weeks in places where they have partnered with global agencies around the world.