Google Maps shows free parking spaces at the destination – this is how it works

For some selected cities, the Google Maps app shows you the probable parking situation at the destination of the navigation. This is how it works

How it is with the parking situation in German inner cities, probably every car driver can tell a song about it. For some selected large cities, however, Google Maps can help you. If you use the app as a route planner, Google gives you a parking space forecast for the selected destination. We explain what the function can and cannot do.

This is how the parking space forecast works in Google Maps

Enter in Google Maps (in the app for iOS and for Android)

Navigation destination

one and choose that

Car as a means of transport

the end. If the navigation destination is in one of the cities listed below, a colored “P” icon in the middle below the map shows you the probable parking situation. There is also a short description next to the icon:

  • Red icon: “difficult” parking situation

  • Blue icon: “average” parking situation

  • Green icon: “relaxed” location

Parking situation according to the Google Maps forecast


Parking situation according to the Google Maps forecast

Google determines the parking space situation on the basis of historical data (i.e. empirical values), which are also evaluated using “machine learning”. However, this also means that this is not a function for free parking spaces. If you are looking for parking, please enter “parking lot” together with the destination instead. Google Maps will then show you parking options, but without taking into account the occupancy.

For which cities is the parking space forecast available?

In total, the function is currently available for 25 cities worldwide. In


are these:

  • Darmstadt

  • Dusseldorf

  • Cologne

  • Munich

  • Stuttgart

Other cities are:

Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, ​​London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Toronto, Valencia and Vancouver.


in the USA,

where the parking space forecast has been introduced for some time, the following cities are included: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas / Fort Worth, DC, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis / St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.

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