Google Maps expands speedometer and speed limit feature to iOS

Google Maps expands speedometer and speed limit feature to iOS

Google Maps is reportedly expanding a speedometer and speed limit feature that has long been available on its own Android operating system to Apple’s iOS and CarPlay.

TechCrunch reported Tuesday (July 9) that it had made the feature available to iPhone users in India last week, and Google confirmed Tuesday that the feature was rolling out globally.

According to the report, the feature helps users avoid speeding tickets by showing the vehicle’s speed when starting navigation on Google Maps. It also changes the color of the speed indicator to remind people to stick to the speed limit.

According to a Google support page, vehicle speed is displayed for “informational purposes only,” suggesting that drivers should rely on their vehicle’s speedometer, the report said.

According to the report, Google introduced the speedometer and speed limits on Android in 2019.

This new feature joins a number of other features added to Google Maps in recent months.

One example of this is the feature based on generative artificial intelligence (AI), launched in February, which helps people discover places by making personalized recommendations based on the user’s specific needs.

For example, if someone is visiting San Francisco and wants to explore vintage stores, they can simply ask Google Maps for “places with a vintage vibe in SF.” The AI ​​models will then analyze the available information, including photos, ratings, and reviews from the Maps community, to make suggestions.

In November, Google Maps added a feature that lets groups plan trips by creating a shared list where group members can add the places they want to visit and vote on group activities using emojis like a heart or a thumbs down.

That same month, Google added a “small business feature” that allows merchants to prominently display their small business status on both Maps and Search, making these businesses easier to find in merchant listings.

This feature is designed to help consumers find and shop at new small businesses. It’s meant to appeal to the 84% of consumers who said they prioritize supporting local and small businesses.