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Measuring car speed via Android or iOS app


If the car's speedometer shows incorrect data, it is possible to measure the speed with the help of special smartphone apps. We will review the best speedometer apps and methods to check speed of a vehicle.

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DigiHUD speedometer

The digital speedometer collects movement data and measure car speed. Speed readings are based on the smartphone's GPS module. The application is free to use.

To activate speedometer to work, you should turn on the GPS and provide the program with the necessary data to read the current location of the user. A request for permission is opened the first time you start DigiHUD.

All speed measurements are carried out in automatic mode. The following data is displayed:

  • Current speed
  • Minimum speed
  • Time
  • Battery charge level

To go to the speedometer settings, just tap on the screen. You can change the following parameters:

  • Window mode
  • Hands free mode
  • Units of speed measurement
  • Display brightness
  • Lock screen rotation
  • Statistical information

From the menu you can also disable the speedometer.

When you first start the application warns that working at maximum brightness can adversely affect some types of displays.

Yandex Navigator (built-in speedometer)

In order to track your travel route, access to location data should be provided when you first start the app.

To be able to control functions by voice using the Alice assistant, grant access to the microphone.

Another permission is to access physical activity data. It will allow the app to track when the user walks or rides a vehicle.

Speed information is displayed automatically when Yandex Navigator is running. User shoud specify the starting point of the route and the destination.

Via the settings you can enable notifications. To do this you need:

  1. Run Yandex Navigator app
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on item "Speed limits settings",
  3. Set the allowed speed limit.

If the car is driving on the road with the limit of 59 km/h, and the value "60" is set in the settings, the notification will come when the measured speed reaches 60 km/h.

Waze App

In order for Waze to work properly, permissions should be granted to read the location of the device the first time it is run. Two types of permissions can be set - while using the app or only this time.

The first time you run the app, you need to create an account. Registration via email or a quick login via Google is available.

The program can measure the speed of the car, as well as warn about possible violations of the set speed limit. To activate the function :

  1. Go to Settings: tap on the "My Waze" button and then tap on the gear icon at the top of the screen.
  1. Select "Speedometer" from the list.
  1. Activate "Show on map" radio button.

You can also configure the parameters of notification when violating the speed limit.

Google Maps

Use the speedometer in the Google Maps application only for reference purposes. The data presented by the navigation app may differ from the actual data. External factors may affect the speedometer reading in the app. To turn on the speedometer:

  1. Run the Google Maps app on your smartphone.
  1. Find the icon with your profile picture and tap on it.
  2. Open the Settings item.
  1. Go to "Navigation Settings".
  1. In the "Driving options" section, turn on the switch next to the "Speedometer" item.

The application is distributed free of charge. Mostly, it is pre-installed on Android smartphone.


Why measure the speed of the car?

That way you can check the speedometer of your car. It is more comfortable to monitor the current speed via the navigation app.

It is not possible to use the data as a reference. The data can significantly deviate from the real one under the influence of external factors.

What data is correct - from your car's speedometer or the mobile app?

The most accurate data will be shown on your vehicle's speedometer, if there are no mechanical problems with it. This is due to the fact that the app takes average data, they largely depend on the quality of the connection with the GPS satellites.

Is there a maximum speed of the car to be calculated through the app?

The DigiHUD application has expanded functionality compared to the navigation software. Not only will the current speed of the vehicle be displayed, but also the maximum speed that has been recorded since the app was started.

Are there any advantages and disadvantages of using the application instead of a regular car speedometer?


  • Not related to the mechanics of the car;
  • Works based on a GPS satellite system;
  • The speedometer is always available;
  • Can be used on a variety of vehicles, not just the car.


  • Gives incorrect readings without a GPS satellite connection;
  • Readings on the display are delayed.

What is the most accurate way to measure vehicle speed?

It is better to use a mechanical speedometer to understand how to measure the current speed of the car.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.