Google Maps has welcomed so much features lately one begins to wonder if users won’t get confused someday. It is like a new feature is released every week—and despite the fact that most of them [features] are useful, users can hardly remember every one of them. That said, the latest set of features are very important, and will take the app to another level. Like Waze, Google Maps is adding speed traps, which is long overdue.
The feature, according to Android Police, has been in the making since November, but now seems to be rolling out to a handful of users. This bit of information was provided by a tipster who claims that speed traps can now be seen in Maps. Per Ajay, the tipster, the speed traps are visible when exploring the map and when driving. As a matter of fact, users will also get an audio cue when approaching a speed camera.
The last time I checked, I did not see the icons, but that could be because the feature is gradually being rolled out and is not widely available to every user as at this moment. That said, it is one feature that will gladden the hearts of every Google Maps user out there when it is finally released on a global scale.
A couple of months ago, Google Maps welcomed a live traffic update feature that will help you properly plan your commute. Being one of the most active and most used app from Google, Maps is always getting a lot of updates to make the app work even better.
The app now has a Community tab which is available to both iOS and Android users after being tested for almost a month. Community tab according to Google, will help you take control of your commute. In a statement on its blog, Google said: “commute times during rush hour traffic can be up to 60 percent longer than what you expect when you start your drive—resulting in a lot of stress, missed meetings, and skipped breakfasts.”
Citing data from Maps, Google added “people in North America spend a full day per month commuting—which almost adds up to a two-week vacation each year. Plus, a bad commute can negatively impact the rest of your day, long after the actual commute is over.”
Android users now receive notifications of live data on traffic, which helps them to take charge of their daily trip. Regular updates mean you will no longer get stuck in traffic as you would have been informed well ahead of time even before you live home or the office.
To provide real-time location data on trains, subways, trains, and buses, Google partnered with public transit in 80 regions around the world. If you live in Sydney, you will be able to see how full a bus or train is, with more cities soon to be added by Google around the world.