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Google Maps are introducing speed limits and locations

Google Maps have introduced a new feature which has been on a limited trial. The feature will include

Google has always been efficient in taking us where we need to, but the only problem was that it didn’t have the capability to tell us the speed limit. For those who either have a block box or don’t want to be hit with a speeding fine, it can sometimes be confused what the speed limit is on certain roads. You always have to try and go a reasonable speed that you think is right and take the risk. 

Now you won’t as Google Maps are now introducing speed limits and radar locations. 

What countries will this be available in?

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Google ran limited tests in the US and a couple of other countries to see how well the new feature would perform. After successfully testing the feature, they have released it to 40 countries, including the UK. The features are also available in The features are available in Australia, Brazil, US, Canada, India,

Mexico, Russia, Japan, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

Why not in other popular countries?

The app ‘Waze’ is an app that is banned in countries such as Switzerland, France and Germany. Apps such as this are classed as illegal due to the detailed information given. It’s in a bid to make people drive sensibly and responsibly without having to be alerted that police or speed cameras are nearby.

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According to a few other sources, France have cracked down on these “illegal” apps because due to the increase in terrorism offences, the app could easily alert them to the location of police. If pulled over in France, police are legally allowed to check your phone for any of these apps and have the right to issue fines and seize your car if any are found. 

What devices will it be available on?

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As many apps would, the feature will be on both iOS and Android devices. However, only people on Android will be able to report fixed photo and mobile radar location for the time being. Waze was the app that Google had taken some of it features from, but unlike Maps, Waze will warns of accidents, red light cameras and other hazards on your journey. 

Who knows if Google Maps will add to their feature list in the future?

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