Google Maps will now warn drivers about upcoming speed traps

Google Maps will now warn drivers about upcoming speed traps

Google Maps is finally borrowing some of users' favorite features from its sister app Waze, including speed limits and traffic camera notifications.

According to a report from ZDnet, the speed camera feature, which presents an icon when one of the devices is nearby, have been rolled out in 40 countries overall, including Australia, the UK, US, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Indonesia.

Speed limits are available in the UK, US, and Denmark and will represented to users in digits located in the lower-third of the app, says the report.

While those features may be new to Google Maps, they have long helped to court an audience for another popular navigation app, Waze.

It was long-speculated that when Google purchased Waze for $1.1 billion five years ago that the features would be swiftly migrated to Google Maps, but the company has waited until recently to pull the trigger.

As noted by TechCrunch, the company's slowness on integrating Waze's best features may be related to Google's desire to keep the map's app more of a platform for connecting users to businesses and destinations as opposed to strictly just a navigation app.

Google also may have been wary of potentially cannibalizing its other apps by making features interchangeable. 





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