+ Sunday August 18th, 2019

Google’s always looking for ways to improve their offerings and make them more helpful, and today Android Police has spotted a useful new feature in Maps that displays your current speed while navigating.

The feature, not yet widely available, adds a small circle with your current speed. It can be activated under Settings > Navigation Settings – if its there.

It doesn’t currently show up in Android Auto.

Of course, your phone doesn’t quite know your speed – it’s not receiving any telemetry from your car’s dashboard. If you have the option available to you, you shouldn’t expect it to be accurate.

The feature looks to have been ported in from Waze, acquired by Google a while back now with a promise to integrate its best features.

The feature has turned up on some Ausdroiders’ phones, but not my own, so it could be an A/B test or a server-side switch rolling out now.

Source: Android Police.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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I don’t use Google Maps because it doesn’t have a speed camera option. The new speed display is a start.

Eddie Choa
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Car speedometers are actually showing you’re going faster than your actual speed.

Bruce
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Of course it will be accurate – it’s using GPS. More accurate, in fact, than a lot of car speedometers.

Ray Wells
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“Of course, your phone doesn’t quite know your speed – it’s not receiving any telemetry from your car’s dashboard. If you have the option available to you, you shouldn’t expect it to be accurate.” Umm, what?

It will be using your phone’s GPS and I’d imagine that will be highly accurate!

dbareis
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I would expect it to be accurate as it would average the GPS speed. I am disappointed that it will only display while navigating and that will mean I will stick with Waze.

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