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Google maps speed limit is a highly requested feature for Google Maps, but it’s never seen a wide roll-out. After going live for the Bay Area as far back as 2016, it seems we’re finally seeing an expansion to a few more areas around the United States.

f you’re a responsible and safe driver, it’s important to be aware of the speed limit. This is something that should be easy to keep in mind, but some places don’t have speed limit signs posted nearly as frequently as they should. You may find yourself driving for miles with no idea what the speed limit is. Google Maps will soon be able to help with this problem in more areas in the United States.

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Back in 2017, Google started testing speed limit markers in San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro. However, late last year they downgraded the accuracy of these speed limit markers, which made them less reliable. The good news is it seems like Google is rolling out this feature once again to a wider audience. Users in New York City, Los Angeles, and Minnesota have spotted the speed limit markers in Google Maps. You will see the marker show up in the bottom left corner while using turn-by-turn navigation.

We haven’t seen any Google Maps app updates lately, which means this is a feature being rolled out via a server-side switch. Also, depending on your area, it may never be available. High population areas are likely to have more reliable speed limit data. Let us know if you’re seeing google maps speed limit markers in Google Maps!

Noted by Android Police, users in some areas of the United States outside of the Bay Area are starting to see speed limit notices on their app during navigation. Tipsters from New York City, Los Angeles, and Minnesota are all seeing speed limits live in Google Maps navigation.

Why has this feature been so restricted in the past? Google hasn’t explicitly confirmed the reason why. It’s easy to infer, though, that Google uses the Bay Area as a testing grounds given the fact that the company is based there. Likely, it’s just a matter of having the data available.

Whatever the reason is, it seems Google is finally confident enough to start making it more widely available. It’s unclear right now if these first few cities are the only ones affected. It could be a server-side switch that will enable the feature on a much larger scale, or it could remain region-restricted, and just available in a few more areas.

Regardless, we’re glad to see it supported on a wider scale. If you happen to see the feature live on your device, drop a comment below and let us know.

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Samba Shiva Thadavarthi
Mr. Shiva is a technologist by profession and technical writer by passion. He has served in several organisations as Research and Development manager and wrote versatile articles on the current trends of technological transformation.

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