But a new Google Maps feature will take over for you, and let your friends either know exactly where you are, or exactly when you'll arrive. The recipient will get a link that launches a Google Map featuring a floating blue dot that represents your real-time whereabouts.
To mark your parking spot, you just open Google Maps as you get out of the auto and tap on the blue dot that shows your current location. From the app's menu you can select 'Share Location, ' which presents options for how long your real-time location will be shared, and who it will be shared with.
And if you need to meet someone back at your vehicle, for example, you will also be able to share this information with other people in the future.
We're not sure how many of you will actually use this new Google Maps feature. If the link attached to your location gets into the wrong hands, for instance, or if you forget that you've opted to share with someone.
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Google seems to see finding lost cars as a real pain-point for forgetful humans, given Google Now already provides a service to track your auto - although that has encountered problems such as believing you've parked when in fact you've only gotten off the bus or left a taxi. This wouldn't be enough for a multistory parking garage, though, so you can bring up a new interface that lets you save a ton of information. If you leave the feature on, Google Maps will send you emails reminding you about it. However, when activated this way, it will automatically terminate once you reach your destination.
Alternatively, you have the option to enable it from the turn-by-turn navigation screen.
You can share where you are in real time with any friends, co-workers and family you want. Google's new Trusted Contacts app also allows real-time location sharing.
Google also introduced several other updates to other apps on Wednesday, including adding file sharing to its messaging app Allo, audio calls to its video chat service Duo, and improvements to Google Photos backup capabilities. But Google Maps is by far the most-used app for directions, and its ETA sharing is unique.