Google Maps Updated To Alert Drivers Of Speed Traps

Google Maps has added a number of new tools that will allow users to report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns on iOS devices, having previously introduced such features for Android ones.

Waze, another navigation application also owned by Google, has offered these features for a number of years and anyone who has used them knows how useful they can be, especially for finding an alternative route in the event of an accident.

Those using Google Maps from now on will simply need to tap on the new ‘plus’ button during navigation to make a report. Categories include a crash, speed trap, slowdown, construction, lane closure, disabled vehicle, and an object on the road.

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In the past, authorities have expressed their disdain for drivers being able to report speed traps through Waze, Inc reports, as in February the New York Police Department (NYPD) demanded Google remove the feature from its app.

“The NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application … currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints … Accordingly, we demand that Google LLC, upon receipt of this letter, immediately remove this function from the Waze application,” the department wrote.

When the speed trap function started hitting Android devices earlier this year, it was only available in select cities, but it seems inevitable that, with this update, it will become more widespread.

  • Six_Tymes

    MEH, It’s only because they bought the company WAZE. So, I wont give google the credit, credit belongs to all the hard work that WAZE people originally did to implement that app, it took them many years of hard work.

    • Przemix

      3 years of work to add one button?

    • dumblikeyou2

      They bought it quite a while ago. I remember because it immediately sucked balls there after.

  • HD

    So Google Map becomes illegal in Switzerland?!

    • Przemix

      they can release this feature country specific

  • This police statement is what’s wrong with the police. They are pretty much saying please remove this feature because we are not getting enough money from tickets. Who gives a f about the safety, and the fact that everyone is now slowing down because of the report. Just give them the money.

    • ChrisInIL

      The departments that wrote letters to Google provided valid safety reasons for demanding the removal of this feature. They did not “pretty much” say anything about money.

      Whether Google responds to their demand by removing the feature is up to Google, or any local laws that may prevent distribution of this information.

      Slowing down near a known police location does nothing to improve safety on the roads.

  • Craig

    “We demand… ” What a laugh! That said… I can’t say that I like the idea of DWI stops being pointed out. But then…. would someone under the influence really being doing a Google Maps search? Hmm…. And besides… the police can change where they are faster than Google can keep up. I’m sure.

    • Bonzomatic

      Actually they can’t change them. They have to state the location in advance, usually buried deep in newspapers (that no one reads).

      • brn

        That has to vary by state.

        • Bonzomatic

          I could be wrong, but I highly doubt it.

      • Craig

        They certainly don’t have to in Canada. So is a New York State law?

        • Bonzomatic

          That’s because Canadians are totally fine with giving up their freedom (hence Trudeau was reelected). In the states where I have lived that’s the law and I would bet it’s nationwide because it would be considered entrapment if they didn’t.

          • Craig

            But a speed trap is SUPPOSED to ‘entrap’ you! That’s the whole point. In the land of the free do they also let bank robbers know how far away the police are from the bank? Hmm?

  • SgtBeavis

    Dear NYPD,

    FU.

    Best Regards,
    Everyone else

  • William rowe

    Ok I agree the DWI checkpoint should not be on the app but saying that, I just looked and do not see a report button for waze to report a DWI checkpoint. As for speed traps, sometimes there are 2 way same lane roads that rightfully you feel comfortable to travel 35 mph on and their 25 ot 15 mph, to me those are speed traps to make money and this is where the app is great…

    • brn

      In many states, DWI checkpoints are illegal, as they lack probable cause for a stop.

  • SteersUright

    I LOVE the “police reported ahead” function of Waze. It isnt about safety, its largely about revenues and quotas. Im so happy Google included this feature in Maps.

  • Vistany

    I use Waze for alerts on familiar routes and Google Maps for gps on unfamiliar routes. I find Google to be superior on letting me know when to turn, what lane to be in, etc.

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