Google Maps rolls out speed camera alert
Google Maps update will display speed limits and alert drivers of speed camera positions
If your business vehicles get a considerable amount of usage, avoiding unnecessary outgoings such as speeding fines is hugely important in keeping costs down and most importantly, your drivers and other road users safe.
Staying within the speed limit could be about to become a whole lot easier for those who use Google Maps to find their way on deliveries, ferrying passengers or getting to meetings.
Google has confirmed it will soon be rolling out an update to its Maps app that informs motorists of the speed limit as well as alerting them of any speed camera positions.
Speed limits will be displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen and will update and change in real time according to the road you are driving on.
The update has already been rolled out in the US and, according to reports, will hit the UK soon.
Although many vehicles come with their own sat nav systems installed as standard, Google Maps remains one of the most popular services for motorists.
Whilst other mapping and navigation systems have been highlighting speed cameras and limits for years, the new update could see the Google Maps retain its popularity for its ease of use and accessibility for all.
Drivers should never rely on Google Maps or other apps for speed camera locations and should, of course, always drive within the speed limits regardless of camera positions, but the update could help with road safety and ensure that motorists stay on the right side of the law.
Speeding is the UK’s most common driving offence, with more than 2.2 million drivers caught breaking the speed limit in 2016 alone.
If you’re caught speeding, it’s likely you’ll receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of a £100 fine and three points on your licence, unless you take part in a speed awareness course for first time offenders.
For more serious offences, you may be prosecuted in court and be hit by a significantly higher fine, more points on your licence and could even be banned from driving.
Depending on the policies held by your business, this bill could end up being funded straight from the company’s pocket.
The update from Google will help drivers in their awareness of speed limits where signs are less obvious and could help reduce the number of speeding offences registered going forward.