Google Maps will now warn you about speed cameras to help you avoid a ticket

Google Maps will now warn you about speed cameras to help you avoid a ticket
Google Maps will now warn you about speed cameras to help you avoid a ticket

The go-to navigation app for many commuters and travellers, Google Maps has been behind the curve when it comes to warning its users of speed cameras.

However, Google has now rolled out new features to UK users, including a speed camera warning system.

For the first time, users of Google Maps will be made aware not only where speed cameras on their route are, but also what the posted speed limit is, according to the Mirror.

The feature has been available in the US since January, but those using the UK version of the app can now reap the rewards.

How does it work?

Google Maps will display the speed limits of the road you are driving on in the corner of the phone screen which is using the app.

An audio warning will then sound when the driver enters a new speed limit zone or when they are approaching a speed camera.

Icons showing where exactly the speed camera is will also appear, as well as an icon showing where any recent crashes have happened within minutes of them taking place.

Google catching up

Traditional GPS satnav systems such as TomTom and Garmin have had features similar to this available for years.

These companies have built in a safety camera warning system into their satnavs which inform drivers when they are at risk of being caught speeding or hopping a red light.

And Waze, a driving navigation app, already offers a comprehensive service that tracks cameras and allows drivers to report temporary cameras on their route.

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