07.2020 - 09.2020

Google Maps

Parking, as a crucial part of the traveling journey is incomplete in Google Maps. This project aims to create a parking search flow that would seamlessly fit inside the main Google Maps workflow.

This project was done as a part of the Applied 2020 Product Design Program. and was recognized for Best Visual Design and Best Presentation.

Product Design
Individual Project
Design Research
Visual Design

Google Maps wants to cover the whole journey

Google Maps is ambitious. It wants to cover the whole vertical of traveling & going out. However, the parking feature leaves much more to be desired.

The Problem

Users have to leave Google Maps to find parking

While the parking feature has been a part of Google Maps since 2017, it has been poorly integrated into the Google Maps workflow. Many users choose to use external sources to find parking, and this really frustrates users.

A frustrated user trying to find parking by zooming in on the map.


A smooth and consistent parking experience

Entry Points

The new destination card

Understand the parking situation at your destination at a glance. No more searching outside the app.

Parking Indicator
Quickly understand the parking situation at your destination.
Parking Button
Allows you to enter the parking search feature.

Find parking at every step

Understand the parking situation at your destination at a glance. No more searching outside the app.

Hover on the screens to animate

Search result entry point
Details card entry point
Trip over view entry point

Parking Search Screen

Discover parking in context

Find parking in context of the destination you are searching for.

Parking Card
The card lets you quickly overview the parking location and add it to your trip.

Focus on what matters

The map pans and focuses on both the destination and selected parking pin to help you find it on the map.

All the details you need

Click on parking cards to learn more about the parking space.

Sort your results

Google Maps ranks the search results so you can make a better and easier decision.

Old Design (2x speed)

Inefficient and confusing

The old parking flow requires you to cancel your search, and doesn’t show your destination in the sea of parking pins.

New Design

Easy, seamless, consistent

The new design makes it easy to find the feature, avoids forcing the user to leave their current search, and provides an experience consistent with the rest of Google Maps.

now lets look at the process...

User Research

5/6 interviewed users use external sources to find parking

The lack of parking incorporation makes for an frustrating experience that leaves much more to be desired, and gives competition a chance to sneak in.

Design Insights

From my research and interviews with users, I discovered four main design insights that could guide and scope the project.

Design Iterations

The small details that matter

Working with a feature dense app means working within a tightly constrained system, and every visual detail added must fit the rest.

The process of incorporating a parking system is the process of small visual design details that add up to a complete and coherent flow.

Next steps

Navigating from parking to destination

While the new feature gets the user to the parking, it would be nice if Google Maps also gets the user to the destination as a natural next step.

Street Parking

While garage and lot parking are the easiest to integrate, street parking is also a very popular and important option for users when finding a space for their cars. Integrating street parking will be an interesting challenge.

What I learned

The process ain’t fixed

The design process is not as rigid as taught in school. It is ok to go into Hi-fi prototype early if you know what you are trying to get out of it.

Details matter

Iterating on visual design is important. Focusing on improving small details in my design resulted in a coherent interface that makes sense and fits nicely inside Google's design system.

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