Technology Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers

14:21  06 december  2019
14:21  06 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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New ' lighting ' layer will indicate well - lit streets and warn you about dark spots, though A teardown of the Google Maps v10.31.0 beta shows that the Android version of the app could soon get a new Step into the light . The code refers to a "safety layer" labelled Lighting , and explanatory notes that

Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation apps, with millions of users relying on it for their daily commute across familiar routes, as well as to guide them Now, Google is preparing to introduce a new layer to Google Maps called “ Lighting ”, aiming to highlight streets that are brightly lit .

Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people with vision impairments. In the future, Google may be adding a new feature to help people find safer streets to walk at night.

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According to XDA Developers, an Android development community whose members have analyzed the Android APK to look for unreleased features, there are indications of a new Lighting layer in Google Maps. This layer would indicate which streets are brightly lit by street lights by showing a yellow highlight.

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A new lighting layer was recently discovered in an APK teardown of the Google Maps beta app. It revealed that Google is working on a feature that will show you which streets are well lit at night. There is no indication of when the feature may launch or if it will be region-specific when it does.

Well - lit streets will be marked in yellow, according to code hidden inside Maps beta release (v10.31.0) as spotted by XDA Developers. Another missing piece of information is how Google intends to source street lighting data, or keep the service up-to-date. This is hardly the first time the Big G has

This could make it safer for walkers who want to avoid dark streets at night, which is a concern among many users according to a popular Tweet from a few months ago.

The Lighting feature remains unconfirmed and there are no screenshots of it in action yet. However, given the code that was uncovered, it seems likely that it will arrive at some point in the future. XDA Developers speculates that it may be rolled out in India first, in response to the spate of recent brutal attacks and rapes of women which have made headlines in the country.

One open question is how Google will gather information about street lighting conditions. Infrastructure including smart street lights is still rare, so the company may collect user-submitted data similar to the way it does for traffic incidents.

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