The trusty tool that some commuters use to dodge unwanted traffic now has a tool to help drivers catch a parking spot.
Waze, Google's real-time traffic app that compiles live updates from drivers on the roadways, partnered with another traffic-based company, INRIX, to make the challenge of public parking a little bit easier, according to INRIX.
The new "where to park" feature lets drivers know, either before they hit the road or during the journey, where the closest available parking lot is near their desired destination, and offers them the option to be routed to that piece of pavement, INRIX said in a release.
INRIX, the data-driven company that is helping with the feature, aggregates traffic information and provides companies with parking capacity numbers along with the price tags for available spots, according to the company.
A statement from a Waze official indicated the company's planning to roll out more features related to parking.
"Driving around looking for spots impacts arrival times and adds unneeded frustration and stress to the entire driving experience," said Flavia Sasaki Siqueira, Waze's chief of Business Development, in a statement on INRIX's website. "Waze has begun to rollout the first of its parking suite features to solve this issue for drivers. Combining INRIX parking information with our own parking database expands reach and accuracy of the 'where to park' feature."