Google Maps is expanding its features. After running the limited tests in the US and elsewhere, according to Engadget, Google Maps is rolling out these new features: speed limit warnings and both fixed and mobile radar locations in more than 40 countries.
New features borrowed from Waze
The online publication mentioned above cites data from TechCrunch. It seems that these features are borrowed from the Google-owned Waze, and they will pop up in the iOS and Android Maps.
The speed limit signs are located in the bottom corner of Maps, and the radar and photo radar traps will be appearing as icons on the Google Maps’ virtual roads.
According to Google, the features will be available in the following countries:
“Australia, Brazil, US, Canada, UK, 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.”
Some users do not see the radar trap locations
On Reddit, some users have been discussing the fact that they are not able to see the radar trap locations and this may be since such features are not legal in countries such as France, Germany, and Switzerland.
For instance, in France, the police are allowed to check your mobile phone just to see if you have illegal apps installed on it.
Engadget writes that if the police find such app in users’ phones, they can levy fines and even take away the users’ vehicle.
Both iOS and Android users can benefit from the new features but, on the other hand, only Android users are able to report fixed photo radar and mobile radar location at the moment.
After borrowing the feature from Waze, Google is using official sources and driver feedback.
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