Another week, another major update—Maps has started rolling out its much anticipated speed limit feature to its users. Though, the roll out is not yet global as Mashable reports, the feature could be widely available around the world in the next couple of weeks.
Going forward, drivers and other users of Google Maps will be shown the post speed limit of the road they are driving on in the lower left side of the app. Also added are speed traps designed with a small camera icon and shown on the visible area of Maps. Sources told Android Police that Google Maps provides an audio warning for drivers when they are approaching a speed trap.
The speed limit feature is not exactly new—users in cities such as San Francisco Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro have been using it for almost two years. However, it is now being confirmed that speed limit is now available to people in regions and cities outside the aforementioned ones.
Users in UK, US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Indonesia will now be able to access speed cameras on the Maps app, while speed limits will post throughout the US, UK and Denmark.
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. A couple of months ago, Maps welcomed a set of features that are very important, and will take the app to another level.
The app 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.