Google Maps Finally Gets One of the Most Requested Features on iPhone and CarPlay

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As I exclusively reported a few days ago, Google has started enabling the speedometer and speed limits for users on iPhone and CarPlay, with the company now confirming that it's aiming for global availability in the coming weeks.
If you've used Google Maps on your iPhone or in the car with CarPlay, you probably noticed that an essential navigation feature was missing.

While some users previously claimed that a speedometer was available on their iPhones, Google experimented with this update on Apple's devices on multiple occasions. The search giant never announced a speedometer, albeit these occasional tests suggested that the release would eventually happen.

Last week, several of our readers told me that the speedometer was enabled on their devices. While many believed it was another experiment that Google conducted without promoting it to the broad availability.

However, it looks like this isn't the case. Google has recently confirmed that the speedometer and speed limits are now being implemented for Apple users. The process happens in stages, so if you don't see the speedometer in Google Maps on your iPhone, just give it some time and check again in a few days. The availability of the speedometer doesn't seem linked with a specific Google Maps version, but updating to the latest build could help. Once Google Maps gets a speedometer on your iPhone, the same feature should become available on CarPlay.

The speedometer is still missing on my iPhone, but Google says that eventually, everybody will get the feature. You don't have to do anything if speed limits are already enabled in Google Maps on your iPhone, as the speedometer should appear on the screen when the search giant activates the feature for your device.

The Google Maps speedometer missing on iPhone and CarPlay was a major shortcoming for many people, with some of them switching to Waze. Also owned by Google, Waze includes a speedometer and warnings when breaking the limit.

Google enabled a speedometer and speed limits on Android devices in 2019, eventually bringing the feature to more users whose phones were running its mobile operating system. The feature was also available on Android Auto.

One important thing that you must know is that the speed information displayed in Google Maps could be different from the speed you see on your car's dashboard. This is normal, as Google Maps uses GPS data to calculate your speed. This reading is typically more accurate than the speed indicated on your dashboard, albeit you should use the data provided by the vehicle to avoid speeding. You can find more information about the difference between the two readings in this article, and let me know in the comment box below if the speedometer is already available on your iPhone and CarPlay.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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