October 24, 2021
Google Maps speed trap

Google Maps Now Displaying Speed Trap Icons and Audio Warnings for Some Users

Google Maps speed trap warnings, including icons and audio, are now alerting some users to traffic enforcement locations…

Even though Google acquired crowd-sourcing traffic app Waze for $966 million in 2013, several key features haven’t been added to Google Maps. One of the most notable by its absence is speed enforcement zones. But, since late last year, that’s been changing. 

In early November, Google integrated two important Waze tools into Maps — traffic collision speed enforcement reports. (After initial testing began in June.)

Google Maps Speed Trap Warnings Spotted

More users started seeing the features in December. But, it remained spotted and did not always work. Now, more people report seeing the tools, according to Android Police. Here’s what it looks like:

Credit: Android Police

Duplication tests haven’t so far been successful. So, there’s no way to know if it’s rolling out via a server-side switch and/or the tools will become available for everyone.

Google is notorious for testing new things without formal acknowledgement. Which means the tools might or might not make their way out to wide, stable release.

Google is also experimenting with B2C chats in Maps. It would allow people to connect directly with businesses for specific inquiries. For instance, asking about holiday hours or if certain items are in-stock.

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