I want to be angry. I really do. I want to be pissed at Google. I can’t be!
When the card shows up in Google Now, you’ll see an indicator showing the approximate location of your car. To see other locations where you’ve recently parked, touch Previous locations. Your location data for parking location cards isn’t shared with anyone else.
My car has been lost more than once. This will help, especially since the function happens automatically.
And, of course, that’s why I should be angry.
Google is using ‘metadata’ to draw inferences. Parking consists of a series of moves they sense from your smart phone.
The system is not infallible.
Google uses your device’s sensors to know when you leave a moving vehicle, which means you may see parking location cards even if you didn’t park your car. For example, these cards could show up after you exit a bus or a friend’s car.
Data that’s poorly parsed will be the bane of the 21st century. When Google gets your parking spot wrong it’s no big deal. When the NSA uses similar technology to jump to the wrong conclusion it is.
I should be angry at Google because it’s a slippery slope getting more slippery every day. If it wasn’t so damn helpful.