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Waze Starts Rolling Out Another Highly Anticipated Feature

Waze Starts Rolling Out Another Highly Anticipated Feature

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Waze keeps getting new features as the Google-owned company continues rolling out the goodies that were originally announced in April. This time, the application has started showing reduced speed limit alerts, but the rollout appears to happen in stages as map editors add the necessary data to the app.

The latest big Waze update was announced earlier this year and included features like speed bump alerts, improved navigation for roundabouts, and more information about users’ favorite routes.

While all of these features were originally supposed to go live faster for users worldwide, the parent company needed more time to make them happen. Speed ​​bump notifications started rolling out to users last month.

Waze has now enabled alerts for upcoming speed changes, with the first notifications appearing on my iPhone and CarPlay earlier today.

Here’s everything you need to know about these new alerts.

Why speed change notifications are important.

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Speed ​​changes happen regularly outside the city, but you could also encounter zones where authorities enforce a lower speed limit on urban roads. They aren’t as common as those happening on country roads, but speed changes happen regularly when you drive for more than a few minutes.

The problem with decreasing speed limits is how drivers react to these changes. I’ve seen many (and when I say “many,” I really mean it) drivers who slam on the brakes when they approach a speed limit change, causing an increased risk of accident and what we often refer to as phantom traffic jams.

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Someone braking hard in front of you forces you to have a similar reaction, eventually leading to more cars braking hard and leading to an increased risk of a collision.

Waze’s idea is fantastic and deals with this shortcoming, as it gives drivers more time to slow down when they approach a speed limit change. With these notifications, drivers should no longer be surprised by a lower speed limit and slow down gradually as they approach the flagged location.

How speed limit change notifications work in Waze.

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Waze’s notifications work similarly to the ones for upcoming railroad crossings. You get an alert approximately 500 meters before a flagged location where a speed limit change happens, but you also see a speed limit indicator on the map way ahead, and the alert pops up on the screen.

The speed limit sign is easy to spot if you look at the screen regularly, although it might be harder to observe the speed limit without staring at your phone for a few seconds – and we all know how important it is not to do this. However, it’s easy and convenient to observe an upcoming speed change.

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Once the alert appears on the screen, you have approximately 500 meters to reduce speed, which is more than enough to do it safely. I got the alerts on my iPhone and CarPlay, but they should also be available on Android and Android Auto.

Speed ​​limit changes are not reported by users, so you won’t have to flag them on the map as you do when spotting a speed trap. They are added by map editors, which is why it could take longer until all speed limit changes are included in Waze.

I took a one-hour trip outside the city earlier today and received alerts only for some, but not all, speed limit changes. In one case, the new speed limit was incorrect on Waze, so you should also pay attention to road signage to make sure you won’t get a ticket.

How to disable speed limit changes in Waze.

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If you don’t want to be notified when the speed limit changes and you’d rather keep your eye on the road signs, that’s okay.

Waze has also been updated with a toggle to let you disable this feature. You can do this from the Settings screen, so go to Alerts and Reports> Reports > Reduced speed ahead > Disable Show on map / Alert while driving.

One important thing that you must be aware of is that these speed limit changes won’t appear on your screen as an alert if you already drive below the limit. This means that the notifications will show up when you’re over the limit, giving you more time to adjust the speed and avoid getting a ticket.

Given that this information is added to Waze by map editors and company partners, it could take a few more months for all speed limit changes to be reflected on the map, so make sure you report any incorrect data that you observe when running the app. The feature isn’t yet available worldwide, and how fast it goes live in your region depends on the local Waze map editor community.

Hats off to my local map editors once again for making this data available on Waze so fast. You don’t have to update Waze to the latest version to see the new notifications, but installing the newest release could still help if you’re struggling with various issues.