Google Maps may be getting a new 'lightning feature'
Google Maps, Flood, Mumbai
Google Maps, the one of the most popular navigation tools, may soon be getting a new feature that promises to be a big help for pedestrians. As per a report by XDA Developers, the internet search giant is working on introducing a new ‘layer’ to its Maps app that will be called Lighting. The feature is said to showcase the streets that are well lit.
The beta version 10.31.0 of Google Maps app is suggested to include strings hinting towards this new feature. As per the description in these strings, Google Maps will highlight well-lit streets with Yellow colour, claims XDA Developers.
var randomNumber = Math.random();
var isIndia = (window.geoinfo && window.geoinfo.CountryCode === 'IN') && (window.location.href.indexOf('outsideindia') === -1 );
console.log(isIndia && randomNumber The code suggests that the lighting feature on Google Maps will categorise the streets on the basis of ‘no lighting info available’,
‘poor to no lighting’ and ‘good lighting’. However, there may be instances where it will not allow users to zoom in on certain roads when they are viewing them in the lighting view.
However, there are no screenshots to showcase how this feature would actually appear on the Google Maps. Moreover, there is no confirmation on the timeline for the rollout of this feature or the regions that will first get this feature.
The said feature will also act as a boon for those travelling abroad. Recently, the search giant integrated Google Translator in its Google Maps app to allow users to communicate in their native language so they can understand and tell you the way.
In an official blogspot, Google said “Simply tap the new speaker button next to the place name or address, and Google Maps will say it out loud, making your next trip that much simpler. And when you want to have a deeper conversation, Google Maps will quickly link you to the Google Translate app.”