Google Maps 'Lighting' layer could help make walking safer

Joanna Estrada
December 9, 2019

Since Google has not made any official statements about this feature and is now in development, there are no images of the feature in action. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people with vision impairments.

Earlier this week, XDA-Developers spotted code for a new "lighting" layer on Google Maps that would tell users information about street lighting.

Though Google hasn't said anything about the layer, the strings suggest it would be used to indicate which streets are adequately-lit.

Google Maps is reportedly working on a feature to highlight brightly lit streets in the application.

People would be able to avoid dark streets, which thieves and other criminals often use as a vector for carrying out attacks.

Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the past year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well.

A recent APK teardown reveals what may be the latest feature to launch in Google Maps, one that focuses on providing users with routes that include brightly lit paths.

However, it is worth noting that the internet giant has not officially confirmed the capability, which means it could be ditched too.

Last month, the company integrated a translate button into the app so users can have the names of streets or areas that they don't know how to say pronounced aloud.

First, the companylaunchedGoogle Assistant to help drivers on the road reply messages without touching their phones. It is expected that the feature will be piloted in India first where women's safety is a national-level issue.

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