Smart Transport

Google Maps to offer transport and parking payment in-app

Google is rolling out functionality within its Maps service for users to pay for public transport and parking directly through the app.

The service is first being rolled out in the US to 400 cities there, but will be expanded to 80 global markets “in the coming weeks”.

The integration between Maps and paying for parking will allow car parks to add functionality at their location for users to pay contactlessly when finding somewhere to park within Maps.

Google said expanding the ability to pay for transit fares from Maps for over 80 transit agencies around the world will mean customers will be able to “plan your trip, buy your fare, and start riding without needing to toggle between multiple apps”.

In a new blog post Google stated: “You can understand how to pay in advance and even get your fare ready to go before you arrive at the station - which is helpful when you’re not sure what payment options a transit agency supports.

“When you get transit directions, you’ll see the option to pay with your phone with the credit or debit cards already linked to your Google Pay account.”

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