The introduction of Google Street View to help you get a glimpse of the airport car park and its surroundings before you buy is a new idea which will surely only serve to help clients when booking.
As with most people the option to view something before you spend your hard earned money on it is quite important. Many people will find this useful as it sometimes adds that bit of extra assurance to the client knowing that they have seen where the parking compound is. Actually getting to view the car park entrance online is a big help but you can also navigate around the general area to see what the location is like, after all you’ll be leaving your precious car for a week or two so it would be nice to know exactly where it is going to be whilst you’re on holiday.
You can use this functionality at 24 of the UK major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted in the London area to East Midlands, Birmingham and Cardiff to Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle in the north of England right up to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick and Aberdeen in Scotland.
In this sense Google’s Street Viewer really does help you to park your car at UK airports because you are taken to the car park before you buy. Google’s innovative technology helps in a very big way to affording the client the very best choice for them by offering one more point to consider, this can only be a good thing when you think in the height of summer you could pay more than £100 for parking at certain airports.
Also imagine this, you’ve set off to the airport and you’re nearing the car park, then you notice a landmark or road for example which you’ve previously seen on the “Street View” tab on the website, that there is another plus point to having Google’s street view when purchasing a parking place at a UK airport.
How to Use This Option.
When viewing “Street View” there are two windows displayed, the one on the left is the view of the parking compound and the one on the right is a map of the streets in the local vicinity with a movable icon to dynamically change the view in the left window. This allows you to move about the area easily, you can also simply drag the image on the left to change direction and location, Google also has useful arrows and zoom in functions to help you navigate.
Currently not all car parks are covered by Google this is either because Google has not mapped a particular street yet or more often because the car park is not situated near a public street. For example most of the car parking compounds which are classed as ON airport are not covered by Street View because they are located in the actual airport compound and obviously Google cannot map these areas.
Viewing Airport Hotels.
This travel extras website have also added the same functionality to its airport hotels section. Same applies as for car parking, you can get a quick glimpse of the hotel exterior and its general location. Again because a lot of hotels are situated away from roads it’s not always possible to get a Street View but by using the navigational tools you can look around the general area and more often than not you’ll find the hotel.
This tool for airport hotels is especially useful because the location of the hotel is very important to some people, after all it is where you are going to sleep for the night.
All in all Google Street View will be a helpful asset to you when choosing airport car parking or airport hotels, it might just be that extra bit of information which makes your mind up for you.