For a lot of Android users, Google Maps is their go-to app for navigation, but it's far from the only option out there. Google themselves recently purchased an alternative service by bringing Waze into the fold, but Sygic is an alternative that has been around for a long, long time now. Offering up more detailed maps than the majority of turn-by-turn navigation apps, Sygic has around 100 Million users, a figure they announced earlier this year. Part of what has made Sygic so popular is that it's an offline maps application, with no need for a data connection or anything of the sort. Now, the company is adding yet another integration, making it easier for users to find a parking space.
As of today, Sygic users on Android will be able to access Parkopedia from within the app as part of their latest update. Parkopedia is a service that lists parking spaces nearby and allows users reserve a space, it operates across 75 countries, in 6,300 cities offering up 38 Million spaces all over the globe. This brings Sygic one step closer to offering everything you could ever need in a navigation app. Finding a parking spot can be a pain in the rear, but with the inclusion of Parkopedia Sygic makes this a little bit easier. This latest integration joins TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Yelp, and Viator that are already available to Sygic users.
While offering up a simple parking solution might seem like just another convenience, it could be gentler on the environment as well. UCLA urban-planning professor Donald Shoup found that finding a space to park on the UCLA campus could add up to as much 950,000 miles of driving. In another survey done by the Telegraph, they discovered that as many as 106 days of an adult's life could be spent finding a parking spot. For those that have yet to give Sygic a try, they can download the app for free from the Play Store, although maps are not free indefinitely.