Google Maps Finally Tracking Speed Limits, Speed Traps

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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The next time you use Google Maps to plan a road trip, you might notice some changes. Maps is now providing live updates on posted speed limits across the United States. Previously, this feature was only available in San Francisco. However, other parts of the country started seeing the feature crop up late last week as Google updated local servers.

This author saw changes on the app as early as January 18th. Travelling a bit too far from major metropolitan hubs or major highways has proven coverage has not yet gone nationwide. Google says it hopes to soon remedy that by implementing the service across the United States, United Kingdom, and select parts of mainland Europe. Of course, if you don’t want to wait, Waze (also owned by Google) has had this feature available for years, and remains the more robust navigation platform.

With the new speed limit feature, drivers using Google Maps will see the posted speed limit of the road they’re driving on appear in the lower left side of the app — regardless of if they’re using Android Auto or not. Speed traps are highlighted by a small camera icon and shown clearly on the map. AndroidPolice, which announced the update before Google had the chance, also cites reports that Maps will provide an audible warning for drivers approaching a speed trap, though we didn’t notice this while maintaining the posted limit and found the service to be rather inconsistent. The app may only warn you if it thinks you’re coming in too hot.

Google has been on a quiet quest to make Maps as good as Waze, so expect more shared features to debut over the coming months. As the easiest-to-use popular navigation interface, any updates to Google Maps are welcome. However, for those still looking to get the most up to date information about the surrounding area, Waze is likely to remain the superior tool for some time.

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  • Erikstrawn Erikstrawn on Jan 25, 2019

    My rental car in England last September had this feature. It's incredibly handy when you're not a local.

  • JimC2 JimC2 on Jan 30, 2019

    Another Waze-ism is I've seen it get tripped up at a border crossing when there is more than one way to get across, like a bridge and a tunnel. When you get close it sometimes changes its mind a couple times or more. I'm still a fan though. Love the real time speed traps and other hazards.

  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
  • Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
  • Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
  • ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.