Google Maps now helps you dodge speeding tickets while driving

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Google Maps speed traps
You won’t miss those speed traps with Google Maps.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Google Maps now shows you speed limits and speed traps while you’re driving in several countries around the world.

Google started testing the feature a couple of years ago, but only in the San Francisco Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Now it is expanding its on both Android and iOS.

It’s always useful to be able to see speed limits at a glance when you’re driving — especially when you’re using unfamiliar roads. It’s even better when you get a warning for upcoming speed traps. Now, Google Maps can provide you with both.

Users across the U.S., the U.K., and other countries are discovering that the world’s biggest navigation app just got two big features that were sorely missed.

Google Maps shows speed limits and speed traps

Users in several U.S. states reported to Android Police that they were seeing speed limits and trap warnings inside the Maps app, and Mashable later confirmed the rollout with Google.

Speed limits are displayed in the bottom corner of the app while you’re driving, while popups and audible warnings will notify you when you’re approaching a speed trap. You will also see camera icons along your route that show speed trap locations.

Speed limits will be displayed for Maps users in the U.S., the U.K., and Denmark, while trap warnings are available in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Indonesia.

It’s about time

It’s pretty surprising that it took so long for Google to bring these features to Maps — especially when you consider that they were a staple of Waze, the navigation app Google acquired for around $1 billion way back in 2013.

The update means that those who still relied on a dedicated satellite navigation system for speed limits and trap warnings can finally switch to using their smartphone instead.