Google-owned Waze has launched a speed limit feature to help you drive at required speeds in different parts of the country, but the feature is not coming to Africa yet.
The firm announced today the new feature will be in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay.
The purpose is to help the driver avoid tickets and drive more safely by notifying them whenever they’re going over the speed limit. The feature will later be rolled globally.
“Whether you’re driving on new and unfamiliar roads or a place where speed limits change with the season, you’ll no longer be in the dark. Waze will keep you aware of your speed, reminding you to slow down and drive safely. To see speed limits you don’t need to change a thing. If you’re driving over the limit, a visual alert will appear on the Waze speedometer. It will stay there until your speed drops below the limit,” Waze announced.
Users can customize the alert to appear either when the speed limit is reached, or when it exceeds the limit by 5, 10 or 15%.Waze also has Audio alerts with street names, Hands-free, voice controlled settings to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on road and Push notifications to let you know about unusual traffic on your route.
After launching officially in Kenya this year, Waze’s popularity is dwarfing Nairobi’s Ma3Route which did the same thing but mostly via a Twitter algorithm.