It might be hard to believe, but there are still some incredibly useful features to add to Google Maps. The latest addition brings traffic light and stop sign icons to navigation mode.
Since 2020, traffic lights have been displayed in some areas on Google Maps. However, not everyone had access to them, and they never seemed to appear when navigating. Now traffic lights and stop signs appear on all routes during navigation. This should give users a better sense of how their journey will go and when they should turn. Google says many more normal map details will soon be visible in the navigation view, including building outlines and areas of interest.
While the regular map reveals a ton of detail, Navigation mode previously removed most of it, and the gaps between roads were typically blank. For cities with lots of Google Maps detail, you’ll also see a street’s specific shape and width, including medians and islands.
Google says, “The new navigation map will be rolling out to select countries on Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay in the coming weeks.” Features will also appear to be rolling out gradually. Right now I see lights and stop signs, but no building details.
Maps also show estimated tolls for your entire trip when you start navigating. Google says it collects “trusted information from local toll authorities” and “checks factors such as the cost of using a toll pass or other payment method, the day of the week and the expected toll cost at the specific time you cross it.” ” Toll-free routes are still possible. Google says: “You will start seeing toll prices for nearly 2,000 toll roads in the US, India, Japan and Indonesia on Android and iOS this month – with more countries to follow soon.”
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