Android is getting a new “Your vehicles” section under Assistant settings in the Google app. The feature is simply called “Your vehicle registration details for parking,” complementing the existing suite of parking-related features accessible through Assistant.
The “Your vehicles” section appears at the bottom of Assistant settings (via 9to5Google). It will contain a list of license plates that the user has previously added to Google Pay, Maps, or Assistant. Parking services use this information to process the payment. Users can also add new cars to this list using the “Add Vehicle” option, or edit/remove existing vehicles. Google allows nicknaming your vehicles, too, which can be helpful if you have multiple cars.
The Google app settings page now prioritizes Google Assistant
Separately, the Google app is now reordering the contents of its settings page with Assistant appearing at the top. General now sits fourth on the list, with Notifications and Voice taking up the second and third spots. This is followed by Language & region, About, Search Widget, Channels & Interests, Hide explicit results, and Personal results.
These inclusions are part of the Google app version 13.17 (beta). Keeping this in mind, it could take a while before the revamped settings page makes it to the stable channel.
For long now, Google has been able to tell users where their cars are parked using a combination of hardware and software features. In March, the company took smart parking to the next level by allowing Assistant to pay for public parking using a simple voice command. The feature is currently available in a few cities. But Google said it would make it available in more than 400 U.S. cities by partnering with ParkMobile.
This feature provides users with a map view of the public parking spots available. When the user reaches the parking location, Google Assistant will request their zone number, parking duration, license plate number, and credit card info through Google Pay. Once set up and parked, users can pay by saying, “Hey Google, pay for parking,” and conclude the process using Assistant on their phone. Although a feature like this may not appeal to everyone, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.