Google has introduced a new feature to make sure Android users never forget where they park their cars. The beta of v9.49 ushers in a bunch of useful new tools - including a manual parking location tracker. Kramer would be pleased.
The update, first spotted by Android Police, comes in the form of a new menu option when you open Google Maps and tap on the blue icon that indicates your location. You will now be given the option to “save your parking” which will then place a blue “P” on the spot.
The same option will also give you the opportunity to add notes to your parking icon, as well as include photos if you really want to make sure everything goes smoothly. This feature should be especially handy to travellers that leave their cars parked at airports for long stretches, or for drivers that leave their cars in multi-tiered parking lots.
In addition, the updated parking feature allows you to set a timer on your parking spot, in case the spot is at a meter or has a time limit. This is a thoughtful and welcome feature, and should prove to be extremely useful.
Google Maps users on iOS will likely have to wait a bit longer for the update to make its way onto the App Store, but it is surely on its way. You can download the Google Maps v9.49 beta here.
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider.