Google Maps has made life easier for people around the world as it now identifies intersections with traffic lights in certain cities, offering a useful bit of extra information when in transit.
Google maps update was noticed as far back as July by Droid Life and it was one rolled out server side as users have been receiving it at different times.
It was learnt that Google posted an update to its Keyword blog in mid-August that talked up various additions to the Maps experience, but mysteriously left this one out.
As it turns out, there’s nothing you really need to do to see the traffic signals, except pinch to zoom in. As Android Police notes, the icons aren’t housed in the traffic layer, so they should be visible at all times alongside street names and place data, whether you’re using navigation or simply browsing.
It’s worth noting that Apple Maps has been doing this for quite a while, and up until now, it stood as one of Apple’s few advantages over Google’s more information- and feature-rich platform that has obviously been around much longer. Polling our own Android devices, we can see that many of them are showing traffic signals, so this feature would seem to be widely available now.
Google, however, shared that Maps now delineates sidewalks, pedestrian islands and crosswalks. London, New York and San Francisco were identified as the first cities of focus for these features, and they’ll roll out to others in due time.