Google Maps tests showing traffic lights in the United States

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In a new test, Google Maps shows the location of traffic lights in cities in the United States in its Android app. The functionality was initially identified by Droid Life, and its existence has since been confirmed by Google. “To help people stay better informed on the road, we’re testing a Google Maps feature on Android that shows the location of traffic lights in certain cities in the United States,” the company said. The edge.

Google Maps is not the first mapping application to start displaying traffic light locations in the United States, after Apple Maps added them last year with iOS 13, 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 feet, Siri can tell you to “turn left at the next traffic light”, in an attempt to make the voice assistant instructions more natural and easier. to understand. Droid Life says Google Maps doesn’t seem to be using the traffic lights as part of its route guidance yet.

Google Maps screenshots show the traffic light symbol at various intersections.
Image: Droid Life

This is not the first time that Google Maps has displayed traffic lights (they have been available in Japan for a number of years now), but it is an important extension for functionality. Google is testing this feature in US cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago, and plans to expand it over time.

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