Google have confirmed that they are testing a new feature of Google Maps which will alert the user to traffic lights on a specific route.
According to The Verge, Google has said it testing out the feature for Android that shows the location of traffic lights in select cities across the U.S.
The feature was first spotted by Droid Life on Google Maps build 10.44.3. The writer pointed out that the little icons are not very apparent, but do alert the user to traffic lights on their route, which might make it easier for them to decide which is a faster way to go.
Apple Maps has already added the traffic light feature since last year and is integrated into the voice command. This means that the instructions to the driver will say “turn right at the next traffic light” which is a more intuitive direction format than “turn right in 500m”.
Google Maps have had the feature available in Japan but this is the first indication of an expansion globally.
So far the tests are being carried out in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the company says it will expand access over time.