Google Maps, which is frequently releasing new options and updates to additional enhance the expertise for its hundreds of thousands of customers, reportedly has one other one within the pipeline that may deal with making navigation at night time safer.
XDA Builders noticed code within the Google Maps v10.31.zero beta that reveal the Lighting Layer, which is able to present streets which have good lighting. Activating the function will spotlight well-lit streets in yellow, and there can even be indicators for streets with poor to no lighting.
The code means that Google Maps customers might want to zoom in to see the lighting knowledge, and that the function will initially be obtainable solely in sure areas. There is no such thing as a data, nonetheless, on which international locations will first obtain the Lighting Layer, and when it will likely be added to the general public model of the app.
No screenshots of the function have been obtainable, as it’s at present in improvement and never but dwell. It’s unclear how Google will purchase the mandatory data for the filter, and the way it will likely be in a position to hold that data up to date as lights are added to streets, or in the event that they get damaged.
The function can be a welcome addition to individuals who depend on Google Maps each time they’re in unfamiliar territory, reminiscent of vacationers strolling or driving in overseas cities or international locations. It should additionally assist individuals plan safer routes, avoiding streets with poor to no lighting.
Google Maps’ Lighting Layer will ultimately be a part of a protracted checklist of options for the navigation app, which has more and more grow to be a flexible software for vacationers. Google not too long ago began experimenting with putting Native Guides within the For You part for easy-to-access journey ideas, and has added to the app sure capabilities of Google Translate to make it simpler to maneuver round in overseas international locations.
A few of the options rolled out by Google Maps this yr that target the protection of its customers embrace improved voice steerage and verbal bulletins for customers who’re blind or have restricted imaginative and prescient, and a brand new navigation warning system on pure disasters that may lead individuals away from doubtlessly harmful conditions.