Google Maps has begun showing speed limits and location of radars on Brazilian roads in a new version of the Android and iPhone (iOS) app. New speed and radar signals have been tested for weeks, but have only now been released globally. Based on official data from authorities and information reported by users, the function is inherited from Waze. The app was acquired by Google in 2013, and so far had had few features leveraged in Maps navigation mode.
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The function, which was in the testing phase, available only in some cities of the United States and Rio de Janeiro, can now be used in the other states of Brazil and in 39 other countries.
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The hourly limits are at the bottom of the screen when navigating, while surveillance cameras and sensors appear as icons on the roads themselves as the user moves.
It looks the same on Android and iOS, but only Google mobile phone users will be able to report fixed and mobile speed cameras spotted on the road and not yet on the map. Once validated, the information appears in the application on both platforms.
Google Maps now showing speed cameras and speed limits Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Despite the news, Google Maps continues to offer less user information compared to Waze when driving. In the collaborative app, navigation displays additional alerts such as road crashes, road crashes, police lockups, and other incidents in real time. For now, Google has not signaled whether any of these functions will also be taken to Maps.
Via TechCrunch and Engadget
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