While designing maps and navigation experience for auto, I realized: A trip doesn’t end after navigating to your destination. There is always a dance upon arrival as you fumble to search for parking in the navigation app or do multiple loops around the destination to find available spots on the fly. Navigation systems should think ahead by filtering for available parking near your destination. When the car is within a specified distance from the destination, the navigation system waits for the car to come to a stop (at a stop light, etc.) and a pop-up should notify the driver of nearby recommendations to park and charge.
Interacting with the pop-up switches the view over to frame the area around the destination, with available parking lots and charging spots highlighted. With that, the driver could easily glance at the pricing and hours and quickly make a decision on which to route to. The location chosen would become the new route destination, and the driver just toggles back to the turn-by-turn navigation mode after their selection is made.
This experience would be a picture-in-picture, where you switch to investigate your options, commit, and then get back to driving. By filtering the choices down to the top recommendations nearby, we can keep the experience super focused and less distracting.
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