traffic lights land in Europe to catch up with Apple

In Spain, traffic lights are starting to appear on Google Maps. This novelty could thus be deployed on a larger scale: why not in France.

In July 2020, a handful of American handpicked users accessed a new Google Maps feature: traffic lights, which were then appearing in both the mapping service and navigation mode. Deployed as part of a beta, this option had so far never crossed the Atlantic to enter Europe.

Spain has the right to it: when will France?

Barely a year later, the traffic lights are slowly but surely starting to land on the Old Continent. In Spain for example, the journalists of the site Xataca have noticed the addition of traffic lights in their country. So we can hope for an upcoming launch in France.

Here, the American giant only displays the location of the lights through a dedicated icon: it does not indicate in real time whether it is red, green and even less orange. The pictogram therefore has only an informative function, and not an interactive one. Its presence has in any case the advantage of bringing contextual elements to users.

Source : Xataca

Source : Xataca

If a motorist or cyclist wishes to avoid a road full of traffic lights, then perhaps he can anticipate and bypass the road in question by taking a look on Google Maps. This feature also allows you to know if a traffic jam is caused by an accident, or a simple fire.

Apple in the viewfinder

Xataca also notes that this new feature does indeed work with navigation mode… only for walking and cycling. For motorists, a future update should fill this gap.

Google is also catching up with Apple, which introduced traffic lights on Apple Plans from iOS 13, in 2019.

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