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The Google Maps app for iOS and Apple CarPlay now features a live speedometer, TechCrunch reports.

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The feature, which was previously only available on Google Maps for Android, helps users to stay within the speed limit while driving. Now, when a user begins navigation, the vehicle's speed is shown in miles or kilometers per hour, depending on the region. The icon changes color depending on the speed indicator to subtly encourage drivers to remain within the speed limit.

Google confirmed to TechCrunch that the speedometer display is now rolling out to iOS users globally, but it cautions that the feature is for "informational use only" and drivers should still rely on their vehicle's speedometer to confirm its actual speed. To turn on the speedometer and speed limits in the Google Maps app, users should navigate to their profile, Settings, Navigation, and Driving options.

Article Link: Google Maps for iOS and Apple CarPlay Gains Live Speedometer Feature
 
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PBG4 Dude

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Does Google show speed limits on the map even when you aren’t following driving directions? For example, if I put in directions in Apple Maps, it’ll show the current speed limit. If I’m just showing the map, it will not.
 

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Waze had this for ages ...

Right. And since Google owns Waze I think this can mean a couple of things: 1) Google kept the teams completely separated, which is usually one of the agreements on these purchases (such as when Facebook bought WhatsApp and Instagram), and I think that would be good from Google. Or 2) They wanted the feature to be Waze-exclusive for as long as possible to make the products distinct and prevent Maps from cannibalizing Waze.

I was a long-time Google Maps user, I still use it when traveling abroad since Apple Maps sucks anywhere else.
 
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I'm just waiting for an option to turn off the stupid ULEZ warning (UK only) every time I begin a route that crosses London roads.

I submitted feedback on this but I'm not holding my breath.
 

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Eek. Almost every comment is noting how every other app has had this for ages. Google doesn't seem to be saying in any way this is a novel feature, and simply they are getting around to adding a missing feature or Apple's devices (aka their primary competitor). Yes, they are late to the game, but don't think giving Google hate on this will entice them to move faster on all the other missing features, so I for one am glad to see it added.
 

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well, one could just pay attention while driving and notice the signs?

and I can see people (in the US) going to court blaming Google for providing false information, but, the courts will request the data from Google as they sure keep all that data about you ...
 

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It didn't already have this? And people actually use it over Apple Maps? Why?

Search by Points of Interests and Reviews of places are pretty bad on AM (at least in Germany) as no one uses Yelp.
As someone who‘s been driving a ton over the past two month around the US Northeast, I’m quickly realizing that Apple Maps may be the best ‘navigation’ app of the three, at least for the parts of the US where I frequent (most of the eastern seaboard). It gives more clear, specific instructions and directions including surrounding structures in 3D and clear lane requirements more frequently. Waze and Google Maps have just been blatantly wrong on quite a few occasions where Apple Maps wasn’t. I just wish its alerts (construction, speed traps, traffic rerouting) were a bit better (Waze still wins here and is why I still use it more frequently).

Regarding POI, yeah, Apple Maps is very below average. Google Maps is best here, by a huge margin.
 
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As someone who‘s been driving a ton over the past two month around the US Northeast, I’m quickly realizing that Apple Maps may be the best ‘navigation’ app of the three, at least for the parts of the US where I frequent (most of the eastern seaboard). It gives more clear, specific instructions and directions including surrounding structures in 3D and clear lane requirements more frequently. I just wish its alerts (construction, speed traps, traffic rerouting) were a bit better (Waze still wins here and is why I still use it more frequently).

Regarding POI, yeah, Apple Maps is very below average. Google Maps is best here, by a huge margin.

Yep I try to use it more and the other day it almost made me be stuck in traffic for 40 minutes because it didn’t tell me to take the exit to avoid it. Thankfully I had this epiphany to double check on Google Maps and managed to make it.

I also like that Google Maps gives you this indication of how much traffic to expect on your journey in general by turning the time from green to orange or red. If I am not mistaken, AM does not do that
 

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Still waiting on Apple Watch tap notifications for navigation turns, it's ultimately why I switched to Apple Maps. Unless this is something Apple doesn't support for third parties?
 

Aoligei

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It didn't already have this? And people actually use it over Apple Maps? Why?

Google Map has this on Android side. I only use Google Map exclusively, due to most of my favorite places are saved on Google Maps. Most time Google Map is more accurate than Apple Maps in my experience.
 
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