Google’s ‘other’ navigation app, Waze, has announced a new update today which brings a much needed function to the service: Speed limit notifications.
Speed limits are a feature that Waze says they are adding to promote safety, and you don’t even need to do anything to activate them, they’ll just appear. You can actually change the alert frequency in settings, allowing you to have the app tell you when your speed exceeds the limit by 5, 10 or 15%.
From the look of the settings though, if you don’t like the feature you can turn it off, just like the speedometer can be switched off.
Speed limit notifications aren’t new, with ex-Nokia mapping service Here, which was recently purchased by a consortium of car companies including speed limit notifications in their apps for a while – including here in Australia. Unfortunately, the speed limit notifications aren’t coming to Australia though.
Waze has advised they are soft launching the service in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago, Uruguay and New Zealand (who says you guys never get something first?). Waze has advised that the feature will be ‘rolled out in other countries as it becomes available’.