If you are like me, you probably have lost your car on more than one occassion in a mall parking lot. From experience, I can tell you that this is not fun at all. Let’s throw in some rain and/or snow to the mix, and it’s even more miserable. Admit it, you dread the systematic approach of walking down each and every isle until you find it. Can you believe, I’ve even resorted to calling someone to drive me around the parking lot in its pursuit? Truth. Well, Google Now can be your parking savior. I bet the person I called to help me find my car probably wishes I knew about this sooner. Oh well, you live and learn.
A few steps before trying it:
1. Make sure you have the latest version. This feature will require (at least) Google Search Version 3.4. If you are not sure how to find out which version you have, all you have to do is open the Google Search app and find the menu button, select “Help and feedback,” then look at the numbers listed.
2. You need to tell the app that you drive. The Google Now cards will only show if the app thinks that you drive. There is one way to make sure that it does. To do so, when launching the Google Search app, you can tap the customize button (looks like a magic wand) and pick the option “Everything Else.” Then you must click on,” How do you usually get around?” You should select “Driving.”
3. Begin Driving. Google will use the device’s GPS (so your location must be turned on in order for this feature to work) and accelerometer sensors to distinguish driving from other types of movement. Shortly after parking your vehicle, a Google Now card should display with a map showing your approximate location. When the card appears, you can expand the map by clicking on it. If you happen to accidentally swipe the card away, you will have a few moments to get it back by pressing the undo button, so you better act fast! Also, Google will not keep track of your location overnight (yet).
Locations may not be exact, which is why this is not a replacement for your brain. When possible, try to pay an inkling of attention, but then again who am I to talk = ) I’m actually writing this post right now while wandering aimlessly trying to find my car… jk.