Here's how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

There is one feature sorely missing from Google Maps: a speedometer that will warn you when you go over the speed limit. A feature that's been present on most dedicated GPS system, and even on rival apps like Waze, a speedometer can be a lifesaver when you are an unexperienced driver or are unsure about the speed limitations.

Luckily, now, a clever work-around brings a speedometer to the Google Maps application. The way it works is via a third-party app - the Velociraptor Map Speed Limit - that displays a notification on top of the running Google Maps app, showing you the speed limitation for a particular area.

In the settings of this neat third-party app, you can adjust the units of measurement you want to use as well as the speed threshold that you will get warnings about. It's not the most elegant solution, but until Google figures out a native one, this one is as good as it gets.


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11 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

yeah, more reasons to not pay attention to the street - you have a huge speedometer in your car darnit.

2. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

It tells you the speed limit and you can disable the speedo

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you read the article (or even the first line) before mouthing off ? Its not another speedometer app it tells you if you're exceeding the speed limit. Two different things.

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you even download the app before mouthing off? It does display the speed limit and you can shut off the speeding warning.

4. JocularJ

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Technically, how can Waze be a rival app when Google bought it?

12. Brewski

Posts: 649; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Definition of oligarchy.

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Does it reach 4 digits (like the speed most people intend to drive at, and because of why I gave up driving)?

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Wow, you must come from the future where flying cars travel at 1,000 MPH.Can you tell me who is winning the next 10 NBA, MLB and NFL championships?

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3035; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

4 digits? You must have been a fighter pilot because no civilian mode of transportation reaches Mach 1.3.

9. sentinel336

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Not comfortable giving this app permission to capture all of the text typed on my phone, such as credit card information.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3035; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I never knew until I read this article that Google Maps lacks this feature. I've been using Here Drive on Windows Phone for so long that I thought it was a given that every map app had it. I know offline maps are new to Google Maps but i didn't know it was so behind-the-times.

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