Google Maps can allow pedestrians to choose well-lit walking paths designed to keep them safe while traveling at night.
- The feature would highlight well-lit streets using yellow lines.
- It is unclear how light data would be collected and Google has not confirmed
- Google may launch appeal in India to start amid widespread sexual violence
Google Maps may be adding new safety features for pedestrians who want to stay safe while traveling at night.
According to the code discovered by XDA Developers, an online community that discusses Android development, Google Maps has been testing behind-the-scenes codes that would indicate which walking route has the best lighting conditions.
Developers say the feature would convey which streets were most illuminated by lights, showing a route highlighted in yellow.
Google has not yet publicly acknowledged the appeal, and a question from MailOnline was not answered prior to publication.
I wish Google Maps had the "I'm coming home alone at night" mode that would show a path with well-lit paths and open spaces. Always seems to take you on narrow, dark roads in cities 😕
– Emily 艾米莉 💜 (@kanocarra) September 22, 2019
Although not yet launched, the idea of showing users a visible route map is not entirely new. A popular tweet earlier this year was well received by users.
& # 39; I wish Google Maps had the "I'm coming home alone at night" mode that would show a path with well-lit paths and open spaces. It always seems to take you on narrow, dark roads in the cities & # 39; & # 39 ;, wrote the user who received almost 245,000 likes in the post.
XDA's developers suggest that the feature be launched first in India in response to a continuing conflict of sexual violence against women, widely reported in the media.
It is also unclear exactly how the feature will work, specifically how Google plans to collect information about street lights. Engadget notes that it is possible that Google may ask users to submit their own data on the street.
Crowdsourcing data in Maps, however, comes with some very serious disadvantages.
In 2015, Google got involved in a scandal by labeling certain locations with racial epithets after using data from online discussions.
Google has released several new features in Maps in recent months, including some that were originally released in the Brother Waze app (archive photo)
According to a report by the Wired: Searching for "n *** a house" and "n *** a king", Maps has returned an amazing place. A search for "bitch's house" led to a Indiana women's dormitory.
While Google has undoubtedly refined its practices ever since, leaving data that could potentially affect a user's security in the hands of the masses can be a risk.
If launched, the feature will join others recently unveiled by Google, designed to enhance the pedestrian browsing experience.
These include augmented reality walking routes that use the phone's camera to override Google's navigation of the environment and verbal guidance for visually impaired people.
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