Google Maps now warns drivers about upcoming speed checks because it still needs a page from Waze
- Google Maps has introduced speed and speed limits
- The functions will be available to people in 40 countries around the world
- Waze has entertained users for a long time who want alternative routes and added functions
Google Maps finally borrows some of the favorite features of users from its sister app Waze, including speed limits and traffic camera notifications.
According to a ZDnet report, the speed camera feature, which presents an icon when one of the devices is nearby, has been rolled out in 40 countries in general, including Australia, the UK, the US, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India and Indonesia.
Speed limits are available in the UK, the US and Denmark and are shown in numbers in the lower third of the app, the report says.
Speed camera notifications and speed limits are now available to Google Maps users in 40 countries around the world
Although those features may be new to Google Maps, they have long ensured that an audience blocked the way for another popular navigation app, Waze.
It was long speculated that when Google bought $ 1.1 billion in Waze five years ago, the features would be quickly migrated to Google Maps, but until recently the company waited for the trigger to take place.
As noted by TechCrunch, the slowness of the company to integrate the best functions of Waze may be related to Google's desire to make the map app more a platform to connect users to companies and destinations, rather than just a navigation app.
Google was also perhaps wary of cannibalizing its other apps by making functions interchangeable.
The functions are available in another Google-managed navigation app, Waze.
TechCrunch also notes that Android users, similar to Waze & # 39; s functionality, can report accidents, traffic and traffic in a kind of crowdsourcing that is meant to make the app more up-to-date, while iOS users don't have this option .
In addition to crowd sourcing and added speed characteristics, Waze has called on many users because of the different algorithm.
Whereas navigation apps such as Google Maps and Apple Maps usually lead users along the same mainstream routes, Waze claims to offer users alternatives with less traded back streets.
Whether or not the Waze algorithm actually fulfills its promise to offer faster travel times via more alternative routes remains a point of contention.
In one man test Last year, Waze was consistently offering users the most optimistic estimated travel times for journeys while delivering the least efficient outcome, while Google Maps was almost in line with projections.
The addition of speed attributes to Google Maps marks the most important update of the navigation options, as the company has a & # 39; commute & # 39; has added.
The shuttle function from Google offers live updates and alternative routes for commuters who may be traveling during periods of heavy traffic.
WHAT NAVIGATION APP IS THE MOST EFFICIENT?
Blogger Artur Grabowski collected data from 120 trips since the beginning of 2017.
He measured his activity on Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze to determine which navigation service quickly brought his users to their destination.
For each trip, he randomly selected an app to use and record this data in every trip:
Grabowski collected a dataset (photo) based on 120 trips that have been made via Apple Maps, Waze and Google Maps since early 2017
- Which app was chosen randomly to follow for each trip (Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze)
- Estimated driving time for each app
- Departure and arrival time
- Traffic conditions (ie work commutes for hours or not)
- Weather conditions (ie rain or not)
- Row type (i.e.> 75% city,> highway of 75% or mixed)
On the basis of that data, he charted how often each app offered a slower / faster travel time.
He also measured how often the app brought users to their destination on time and, if not, how often users arrived at their destination later than expected.
He then combined the estimated travel times with estimation errors to arrive at an error-dependent estimated travel time.
This figure determined his most important question: which navigation app will bring you to your destination the fastest?
Based on his results, he has found that Google Maps quickly brings users to their destination at their destination.
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