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Speed limits alerts are rolling out for Google Maps today
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Speed limits alerts are rolling out for Google Maps today

Previously only live in the San Francisco Bay area, California, and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a feature in Google Maps which warns drivers of changing speed limits has started rolling out across the US. It's a feature that Waze, the rival navigation app owned by Google, has had for some time.

The lack of speed limit alerts in Google Maps has been a particular area of frustration for users. With the popular Waze feature now coming over to Maps, Google seems to have listened to the feedback. It was all the way back in July 2017 when the feature showed up in California and Brazil.

The rollout has not arrived everywhere in the US yet, but Android Police has received tips that it is live in at least three different parts of the country. The tips come from New York City, Los Angeles and Minnesota, as you can see in the image below. New York City is not pictured.

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Drivers in Los Angeles (left) and Minnesota are now seeing speed limits on Maps. / © Android Police

Waze, the Israeli map app that Google paid $1.15 billion for in 2013, is more focused on navigation for drivers compared to Google Maps, which caters mostly to users who travel on foot and use public transport. With the speed alerts coming to Maps, the two are stepping on each other toes a little more.

The feature doesn't appear to be location-based and is not part of any updates to the Google Maps app itself. It is likely that speed limit alerts are the result of a switch on the server side at Google.

What do you think about the feature? Is it useful for drivers?

Source: Android Police

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  • Pat 4 months ago Link to comment

    Since this addition doesn't appear to be location based and is not part of any updates to the Google Maps app, but is apparently the result of a switch on the server side at Google, I'm confused as to when, how, or if I will get it. Can anyone clear this up for me?


  • I prefer Sygic


  • Google Maps has the best routing/nav, but Waze has more useful features such as the speed limit vs actual speed, speed trap alert, etc. I wish Waze would use Google Maps' navigation but otherwise stay the same, and it would be perfect.


  • I drive nationwide all day, every day and find Google maps to be the best and most accurate sat nav.
    The camera alerts are few and far between. There are very few cameras shown on A roads. Most of them are on the motorways but even then you can be alerted to one camera but not the next, or even the next 2 or 3.
    So don't put your foot down expecting Google maps to save you from a ticket.