In a new test, Google Maps shows the location of traffic lights in cities in the United States in its Android app. The function was initially spotted by Droid Life, and its existence has since been confirmed by Google. “To help people stay better informed on the go, we are testing a Google Maps feature on Android that shows the location of traffic lights in certain cities in the US,” the company said. The edge.
Google Maps isn’t the first map app to show traffic light locations in the US, after Apple Maps added them with iOS 13 last year, according to Droid Life. Apple’s Siri voice assistant even integrates them into its directions. Instead of telling you to turn left after a certain number of meters, Siri can tell you to “turn left at the next traffic light” in an attempt to make voice assistant directions sound more natural and easier to understand. Droid Life says Google Maps doesn’t seem to use the traffic lights yet as part of its route guidance.
This isn’t the first time Google Maps has shown traffic lights (they’ve been available in Japan for a number of years now), but it’s a significant extension for the feature. Google is testing the feature in U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and says it plans to expand over time.