Speed limits get the green light on Google Maps

Ruben Fields
January 21, 2019

Not only does Google Maps display speed limits on the navigation screen, per Android Police, as is the case for Waze and other navigation apps, but it'll also alert you to upcoming speed traps.

Google Maps has been testing a Speed Trap alert feature in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since July 2017.

As we've mentioned several times in recent weeks, even though it's a much more complete (and complex) application, Google Maps still cannot compete with Waze when it's time to travel by vehicle.

Google is bringing at least one of those features - speed trap warnings - to Google Maps, the first signs of which appeared in November when some users got the ability to submit reports. Furthermore, according to the latest reports, Google Maps will also send an audio notification to the driver when he will approach a speed trap.

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If you are a Waze user than for you it normal to see the speed trap reports, so now, you know what to expect from Google. But Google has a comparable app with some great feature and nowadays people are preferring this app rather than Google Maps, mainly Taxi drivers.

Google has been adding UI to enable these features for the past few months, and Waze fans can finally rejoice as some of the app's best functions are added to Google Maps. For example, if a driver decides to make a right turn, Google Maps will say "8 min slower" or "2 min slower" if their directions change. Google Maps does not quite have that functionality yet, but that might be coming in the near future. However, Android Police did state that they couldn't find the similar speed camera icons when they browse the same location, so it might be possible that the feature is still rolling out.

Based on his results, he determined that Google Maps gets users to their destination fastest.

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