The new Google Maps 9.44 update shows the parking availability in an area. Parking availability will be shown as a small rounded P icon next to your route duration estimate when you search for driving directions. There are three different levels: Limited, Medium and Easy. Limited parking will turn the P icon red.
Once you start driving to your destination, you can expend the directions to get more details about your route. In the same place, you will be able to get a more descriptive explanation of the parking situation.
At the moment, this feature is only available in the USA in 25 cities for Android users. However, there is plans to expand it worldwide and to iOS users in the coming months.
This should help users plan their route in advance and won’t have the last-minute worry about parking and if there is any parking space available. If there is limited spaces or if someone needs to use parking which is further away, they will be able to factor this time in.