Google Maps has a Speedometer! Know how to use it for making driving EASY
Google Maps is a boon when you are exploring unknown destinations. If you have got wheels underneath you, you have to handle steering, look at the side mirror, check the speedometer, brakes, gears, accelerators and... puff! The list goes on. Too much at a time? There's a clever trick in Google Maps that can compile two tasks in one for you.
While navigating through Google Maps, users will actually be getting information about their speed, like a speedometer of the vehicle. It is more of a speed enforcer than a speedometer -- if you exceed your speed limit, Google Maps will guide you to check the speed of their vehicles. Additionally, you will be notified when you exceed the speed limit and Google Maps’ speedometer will change colours.
You can find the speed limit in the bottom left corner of the screen, above the bar that displays the duration of the journey. The speed limit indicates the journey's duration, Estimated time of arrival, remaining kilometers, and options to stop navigation and reroute the entire route.
The on-screen speedometer of Google Maps was first rolled out in 2019 and initially was available in Asia, Europe, South America, UK, and the US regions. Later on, it was made available to other regions too. The speed limit function, however, is not yet available in all regions. You can check the process to activate the speedometer in Google Maps, if it’s available in your area and have a safe journey!
How to activate speedometer in Google Maps
- Firstly, you need to open Google Maps on your mobile phone.
- Then select the profile picture in the top right corner and choose 'Settings'.
- Following that, scroll down to the 'navigation settings' and then you can switch the speed limit button towards 'on'.
- The process is done! Now, if you exceed the speed limit, Google Maps will notify you automatically. However, Google suggests to use your vehicle’s speedometer to confirm the actual speed of the vehicle.