Google Maps Begins Rolling Out Support for Driver Speed Limits and Speed Traps

Google is currently rolling out support for road speed limits and speed traps in its navigation app, Google Maps.

When drivers are using the app, the speed limit feature shows the speed limit of the road they are driving on in the lower left of the screen.

Image via Android Police

Speed traps are indicated with a small camera icon and shown on the visible map area. According to Android Police, Google Maps also gives drivers an audio warning as they approach a speed trap.

Up until now, Google restricted testing of its speed limit feature in the last couple of years to the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Image via Mashable

However, Android Police was recently tipped about speed limit sightings in New York City and Los Angeles, all but confirming the rollout has already begun in the U.S.

The speed limit feature is initially limited to users in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States, while the speed camera icons should soon start appearing for users in several additional countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and Russia.

(Via Mashable.)



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26 weeks ago

I don't speed... doing 55 in a 50.


Pretty sure that’s speeding lol
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26 weeks ago
Wonder if this is part of their plan to bring across WAZE functionality then shelve it.
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26 weeks ago
This is great. I use Waze all the time for this.

I don't speed but it's nice to know if there's a cop short of quota who wants to pull me over for doing 55 in a 50.

Also, Waze saved my ass from hitting a mattress in the road once.
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26 weeks ago
Can confirm this is available in the UK too, I found out whilst using it on the M6 last week.

Randomly warned me about speed cameras, very useful.
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26 weeks ago
So wait. Are you saying the best map company is just getting this feature? Oh wow! I was wondering why they purchased Waze. I wonder why there was no uproar about Google not having this when Apple added it in 2017? https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/speed-limits-shown-in-apple-maps.2049680/
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26 weeks ago
This is what keeps me using Waze. I’m a stickler about driving exactly the speed limit using cruise control. I keep waze on a window mount so I always know whether I need to adjust. However, I like Google Maps way more than Waze. If they can build out the police/self-reporting functionality, I’m happy to switch back.
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26 weeks ago
Its good to see Google catching up to Apple Maps on the speed limit feature, its so nice.

Waze (which Google owns but probably shouldn't because of Google Maps overwhelming marketshare) has had these features going way back (I always wondered why they didn't bring Waze's features over to Google Maps en masse way back when they bought it).
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26 weeks ago
Most shocking of all, apple maps has had speed limits for quite some time. It’s the only reason that I use apple maps instead of google maps. It odd for apple to be first on something.
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26 weeks ago
Does it work inside CarPlay?
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26 weeks ago
That speed trap thing is insane. Why not just automatically reroute drunk drivers around DUI checkpoints if the GPS shows they just left a bar? Maybe it can help create the best getaway routes for bank robbers too.

I live off of two of the deadliest roads in the United States. I4 (the single deadliest) and HWY 27 in central Florida.

I get it that most people see speeding tickets as meeting a quota to fund the department, and they are that a lot of the time, but they also discourage a deadly behavior. When they set up a speed trap on my roads it isn’t because it’s the end of the month, it’s because too many people have died recently.

I would also assume that these warnings rely on users to report. I don’t need some guy so defensive of his right to break the law that he grabs his phone to report a speed trap while zipping down the highway.
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