Google App Adds Vehicle Profiles for Voice Parking Payment
Google Assistant has created a new setting for users to add details about their car as a way of streamlining the pay-by-voice feature launched by the voice assistant in March. The “your vehicles” menu was added to the Google app as part of an update prioritizing Google Assistant within the preferences as well.
“Your vehicles” is the bottom choice on the Android Google Assistant settings menu and offers a space to list license plates that the user wants to connect to parking space network ParkMobile through Google Pay and Google Assistant. Users can later remove or change the number and give the vehicle a nickname. When a driver finds an open spot and determines what the ParkMobile parking zone number is, Google Assistant will automatically input the license plate number from the setting before completing the transaction. Google Assistant will also tell the driver how much time is left for your spot, and extend it if necessary. The other notable change to the settings part of the Android Google app moves the Assistant page to the top of the list, making a point about how Google wants to encourage people to personalize and use the voice assistant more.
Google isn’t the first to use a car voice assistant to pay for parking. SoundHound and Cerence both work with ParkMobile rival Parkopedia to include parking space search and payment on their respective automotive voice AI platforms. The parking payments option complements the voice command for buying fuel Google Assistant added in September to an initial 32,500 U.S. gas stations. Google Maps added charging stations to its list of landmarks at the same time, along with real-time updates on if there’s a free charger. And while the parking payment can be done outside of the car, it does fit with Google’s consistent upgrades and additions to its automotive voice AI. The new look to Android’s Driving Mode and adding smart replies and voice-enabled music searches to Android Auto may end when you stop driving, but the parking payment by voice means drivers are still tied to Google in their car even on foot.