Google Maps is a great app, and for a lot of us is definitely a part of our daily commute. While the GPS functionality is great and the map navigation is excellent, there are a couple of important features still absent from the application. Today, we’ll be showing you how to add one of the most notable missing features, speed limit display, to the regular Google Maps app in a simple and easy way!
The reason why we’ll be looking into adding this feature into Google Maps instead of just looking for an alternative GPS app is because, despite some missing features, Google Maps is still one of the best apps of its kind out there. Because of that, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to outright replace it, especially when you can augment its functionality using other apps. Not only that, but the process of doing it is rather simple. That being said, let’s get to it!
Start by downloading the Velociraptor app for free by using this link. The purpose of the app is simple – it adds an overlay to the Google Maps application that shows you the speed limit of the area you’re currently in, and it also shows you your current speed. However, before we can take full advantage of the app, it would be wise to set it up beforehand – so open the app, and you should see this screen:
As you can probably tell, the app itself amounts to little more than a bunch of settings. However, for the app to actually work as intended, you might need to toggle a few options first. If you’re in Android Marshmallow for example, you’ll have to grant permission for the app to know your location, which you can do by tapping the “Grant Permission” button:
Just tap “Allow” and you’ll see that a green checkmark now appears next to the text. Depending on your version, you might also need to allow the “Draw Over Other Apps” permission, again, by tapping the button and choosing “Allow”. Once you’ve granted all of the necessary permissions, the speed limit overlay should now appear:
As you can see, it’s just a simple dial showing you your current speed at the bottom, with the speed limit displayed at the top. You can also drag it to another position on the screen if you’d like:
Another option you might want to check out is “Show/hide in specified apps”. This allows the app to only draw the overlay on the Google Maps app instead of doing it all the time. Just enable the setting and then click the prompt to make the Accessibility Settings show up:
In there, enable “Velociraptor” and that should be all that you need to do. You can check that Google Maps is the only app where the overlay will be drawn by pressing “Configure”:
Apart from that, there’s a few extra nifty options. For example, you can enable international style and display km/h instead of mph in the speedometer:
Moving on, actually using the overlay is incredibly simple, because by this point you’ve already done all of the hard work. Just open the Google Maps app as usual and you’ll see the speed limit overlay automatically show up and change depending on your speed and location:
As you can see, adding this feature is incredibly simple, and because of the way it looks and automatically shows up when you launch the regular Google Maps, it almost feels like a part of the standard app. It’s very well done, the data is generally correct from my experience, and it serves as a nice complement to your regular GPS application. Any questions or doubts? Let us know in the comment section below!