Police Radar on Google Maps Driving Directions
I just noticed for this first time while driving along a highway that Google Maps shows “Speed Traps”. Apparently user-reported (where? maybe in Waze?) data where police are using radar speed guns to measure your driving speed, and pull you over and ticket you if you’re speeding.
I don’t hate it, it just seems a little fuck-da-police-y for Google. It says: we want to help you speed. We’re not interested in safety, we’re interested in you not getting caught breaking laws. Surprising stance for big tech — or is it?
I tried searching for “robbable gas stations”, assuming it would show me locations where there are no squad cars that could respond quickly enough for a reasonable getaway — but nothing. Maybe that’s coming on a new paid tier.