Google Maps testing a new feature -Lighting- to help users find well-lit areas

The new feature, internally dubbed as "lighting" aims to make night travel safer for users by helping them identify the best lit routes and avoid streets with poor or no lighting. Well-lit streets will be marked in yellow as per the code deciphered from the beta version release identified by XDA Developers. 

Google Maps testing a new feature -Lighting- to help users find well-lit areas
Google Maps testing a new feature - Lighting - to help users find well-lit areas

Google Maps testing a new feature - Lighting - to help users find well-lit areas. 

After security concerns soaring globally for citizens, especially after dark, Google seems to be working on a new feature that highlights brightly lit roads and streets at night on Google Maps. 

The new feature, internally dubbed as "lighting" aims to make night travel safer for users by helping them identify the best lit routes and avoid streets with poor or no lighting. Well-lit streets will be marked in yellow as per the code deciphered from the beta version release identified by XDA Developers. 

While there are no images of the feature available as it is still under development, critics have a great question in mind. The first two things that come to mind are how does Google plan to source lighting data of areas, and how does it plan to keep it up to date? Another one is that in what regions is this feature going to be released? Is it a global feature or just for certain "unsafe" countries or areas. There is also no update on when and if the feature will be available at all. 

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This is not the first time Google has taken steps to make real-life safer through their applications. A few years ago, it added the SOS feature to its Maps application. In June, Google Maps also released a "stay safer" feature where the user was notified if the driver took an unexpected route or strayed from the original route. 

There is no guarantee that this feature will ever come out, but it is definitely an addition to help ease and make lives safer. 

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