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Google Maps will now warn South African drivers about speed cameras

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Google Maps expanding speed camera alerts, speed limit info

"Maps will also translate the reviews for you too", says Ronnie Falcon, Product Manager, Google Maps.

According to a 2018 survey, 77 per cent of drivers regularly use navigation apps with 66 per cent of people preferring Google Maps compared to just 12 per cent opting for second placed Waze.

Google confirmed with TechCrunch the full list of supported countries: Andorra, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Zimbabwe.

The new feature adds speed camera positions marked as icons on navigation routes, while the speed limit is shown prominently in the bottom left-hand corner of the app.

Google Maps will use a combination of authorized sources along with comments and reports from users of the application to locate the speed cameras. Users in some countries started seeing it earlier this year and now it looks like Google is expanding the rollout to other territories.

Three days later, a U.K user also confirmed the feature has been around in the country for a while already and that it's getting more and more accurate with each passing day.

On Reddit, some users have been discussing the fact that they are not able to see the radar trap locations and this may be since such features are not legal in countries such as France, Germany, and Switzerland.

At the current time, only Android users are able to report the location of fixed or temporary speed cameras, though iOS users of Maps will be able to see the data, so long as local laws allow it.

For many Waze tends to offer a more complete solution for road users, as drivers can even report debris in the road, broken down cars, accidents and other information, in real-time. From getting you directions to helping you find a popular dish, Google Maps is there for your dining journey.

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