Google Maps has grow to be an indispensable software for many people once we journey, providing a adequate one-stop answer for our navigation and exploration wants at most instances. Google is consistently engaged on enhancing points of the service, lately including landmark icons and a characteristic that alerts you when your taxi goes off-route. It seems to be like the corporate can also be getting ready a layer that highlights brightly lit streets so you possibly can keep secure at evening, particularly when strolling alone.
Our pals at XDA Builders discovered some strings within the beta model of Google Maps 10.31.zero hinting on the introduction of a lighting layer. It’s going to floor yellow traces to focus on brightly lit streets, serving to you keep away from the opposite probably much less safe locations. For the reason that characteristic is not dwell but, we have no screenshots to share, however we assume that the button to activate it should sit among the many different layer choices within the prime proper nook of the Maps interface.
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ONBOARDING_DIALOG_BODY”>Yellow traces present streets with good lighting</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ONBOARDING_DIALOG_NO_LIGHTING_INDICATOR”>No lighting data accessible</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ONBOARDING_DIALOG_POOR_LIT_INDICATOR”>Poor to no lighting</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ONBOARDING_DIALOG_TITLE”>See how brightly lit the streets are</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ONBOARDING_DIALOG_WELL_LIT_INDICATOR”>Good lighting</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_TOOLTIP_PROMO”>New! See how brightly lit the streets are</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_UNAVAILABLE”>”Lighting view is not accessible at this zoom or on this area”</string>
<string title=”SAFETY_LAYER_ZOOM_IN_SNACKBAR”>Zoom in additional to see lighting knowledge.</string>
The strings do not point out if the characteristic is proscribed to particular areas at first, but it surely’s secure to imagine that Google will in all probability first check it in restricted capability. Both manner, the lighting layer might be particularly helpful for vacationers or travellers unfamiliar with their territory in addition to demographics in danger. The addition of this characteristic may additionally come partially due to current discussions about secure and well-lit strolling routes for girls, that are notably absent in any mapping service to date.
In the event you’re out strolling at evening, there’s no option to ask a mapping app to choose a route that’s well-lit and secure.
(Typically used as an argument for various groups – ladies usually tend to fear about strolling at midnight than males.)
So I’ve been questioning: how do you decide these routes?
— Alex Chan (@alexwlchan) September 29, 2019
You possibly can obtain the newest beta of Maps by signing up for it on the Play Retailer, or get it straight from APK Mirror. As talked about above, the characteristic is not dwell but, however utilizing that model would possibly make it easier to get the road lighting layer as one of many first when Google flips the change.
- XDA Builders