Google Maps tells you how fast you're driving. Here's how - CNET

Google Maps has been rolling out the new speedometer feature to its users.

Google Maps tells you how fast you're driving. Here's how     - CNET
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If you haven't seen it already,  has begun rolling out its new speedometer feature to . Google has already added speed limit indicators and speed camera alerts, but the speedometer is another big step forward. While yes, of course your car already has one, the idea is to be able to see how fast you're going in a glance if you're already looking at the app to check on directions -- and keep your eyes on the road rather than darting back and forth between the app and your dashboard. 

Google is in Maps and will be global in the weeks to come -- so you might need to be patient if you don't have it yet (we don't). You can check the Maps app settings to see if you have it. We also tell you how to report a speed camera trap and an incident like a traffic jam.

Here's how to turn on all three of the latest features.

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Turn on the speedometer

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Tap on the three stacked lines and scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

3. Select Settings.

4. Tap Navigation Settings.

5. Scroll down to the Driving Options menu and slide the toggle on for Speedometer. If you don't see this option, you probably don't have this new feature yet.

Report a speed camera trap

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Type in your destination to start navigating -- you can only report the speed cameras if you're in navigation mode.

3. Tap the speech bubble icon with the plus sign.

4. Select Mobile speed camera.

5. A popup message will appear that says "Adding mobile speed camera to the map."

6. If you didn't mean to report anything, you have a few seconds to cancel by tapping the circle that says Undo.

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Report an incident, like a car crash or a traffic jam

1. Open your Google Maps app.

2. Type in your destination to start navigating -- you can only report incidents if you're in navigation mode.

3. When you're on the road and you see a wreck or a slowdown, tap the speech bubble icon with the plus sign.

4. Tap Add a report.

5. Select crash or slowdown. A message will appear that says "Adding [crash, slowdown] to the map." You can click Undo if you don't want to send it.

Originally published June 8, 2019.
Updated June 11 at 8 a.m. PT
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