10 July 2020
Google appears to be testing traffic lights into its Maps app to give drivers a bit of extra information of the roads they are traveling to. This feature will reportedly be visible while navigating or when you are just browsing around and taking the idea of the road you are going to take for your destination.
A reader of DroidLife reported this feature to the tech site and later tested and picked by others as well. Looking at the screenshots, it appears the feature will merely indicate the presence of traffic light at certain points. It is currently unknown if the feature shows the precise location of the traffic lights, but the early appearance shows they are at least there and soon come for everyone.
The route will show the icon of the traffic lights where red, yellow, and green lights are clearly visible. As DroidLife points out, the icons grow in size as you drive close to them on the route you’d taken. Note that the feature does not actually display the exact signal in real-time. However, it is possible that Google Maps will speak that a traffic light signal is incoming on roads at intersections or crossings.
Apple Maps have had this feature but Google is yet to implement it into its Maps app. Apple does not only show the presence of the traffic lights but also stop signs. But now, testing makes it evident that the day is not too far when Google Maps will also start showing traffic lights to Android users.
Let’s see when this feature will be rolled out.