Google Maps update: UK users report helpful feature has finally returned

Google Maps has seemingly received an update this week that reintroduces speed limit alerts for UK users.

The feature – which initially arrived in the app back in May 2018 – was promptly removed by Google with little explanation from the tech company.

The reintroduction of the feature has been widely celebrated by users across the UK that use Google Maps for their navigation on the nation’s roads.

It’s a useful feature if you’re travelling on one of our many, many country roads, or happen to find yourself on a route that doesn’t have clearly marked signage, since the app will tell you what the speed limit for the area is.

As well as mobile versions of the Google Maps app, it seems the speed limits are also visible on Android Auto units, meaning that this time around we can likely see the feature sticking around.

With no official word from Google, it’s impossible to say if we’re going to see this handy aspect of Google Maps stick around for good.

With mounting pressure from rival navigation apps such as Waze, Maps.me and even Citymapper, we imagine this is the sort of thing the engineers and developers over at Google will in their app for the foreseeable, though.

Users have written about how handy the feature is before, and how well it sits alongside the speed camera location functionality that was added back in 2019.

If you’re ever curious about whether you can exceed the limit shown by Googe, it’s best not to risk it.

The UK Government notes speed limits on roads are the absolute maximum and should not be exceeded. We can’t confirm whether all of Google’s data per road is accurate, but never exceed what the app says – it’s just not worth it.

Discussing UK speed limits, the Government states:

“You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum – it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.

“A speed limit of 30 miles per hour (mph) or 48 kilometres per hour (km/h) usually applies, unless you see signs showing otherwise.”

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