Google Maps update will replace your sat nav

If you use Google Maps to help you navigate while driving, you may have recently noticed a rather useful addition to the app which has arguably been missing all these years… speed limit warnings and radar location notifications.

These notifications let you know when speed restriction measures are approaching and whether you are adhering to them – something traditional sat nav systems have boasted since their launch.

Now, after preliminary tests in the US, Google’s rolling out the app update in 40 countries, including the UK. Speed limit signs will appear in the bottom corner of the Maps display, while icons indicating the presence of speed cameras will appear on the roads themselves.

The roll-out doesn’t however include some European countries where this kind of technology is illegal, such as France, Switzerland and Germany, so be careful if you’re depending on it for traveling a bit further afield!