After buying the navigation provider Waze, it was only a matter of time before its technologies would flow into Google Maps. Now comes the first message in this direction from the US. Android Police, along with a handful of testers, said that the free map service could soon warn of lightning and accidents on the programmed route. But there are not only technical hurdles for Germany.
The strength of navigation provider Waze was that he was particularly focused on crowdsourcing. Users could complete the map data, correct house numbers and the like. It is this technology that the new Google subsidiary now uses for the map service Maps. Speed cameras and accidents should be registered quickly so that users are warned on the same route before.
Appropriate buttons had discovered Android Police some time ago in one of its most notorious APK teardowns. A first live example wants to have already seen a user of the Reddit community. While in the English-speaking world is still tinkering with the functionality, Google has to adjust in Germany to legal hurdles.
The traffic jam warning will also directly affect the self-propelled fleet, which must avoid the congestion quickly and calculate alternative routes.
Speed camera apps are common in Germany, but not fully compatible with applicable law under § 23 Abs. 1b StVO. However, the law does not explicitly refer to speed camera apps and warning about lightning is not generally prohibited, so Google is probably legally safe, but users may face fines. However, this would require a very resourceful police officer.
However, as the feature is neither mature nor internationally available, we can continue to rely on alternative navigation systems and warning apps. Which one do you prefer to use?