Google Maps to incorporate each US railroad crossing
US Railway crossing accidents are up sharply over final yr, however the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) is about to get some excessive-tech assist. Google’s Maps will quickly embrace the places of each private and non-private freeway rail crossing location within the nation. The app may also give drivers utilizing Maps audio and visible alerts once they strategy these spots. The FRA stated that 270 individuals have been killed in rail crossing accidents in 2015, forty eight greater than final yr. Regulators speculated that, sarcastically, the rise could also be partly on account of inattention brought on by elevated smartphone use on roads.
That stated, the FRA additionally advised the New York Occasions that “there are various instances the place drivers lack situational consciousness, as a result of it might be darkish or the route is unfamiliar,” notably at uncontrolled crossings. In these instances, Google’s app might snap drivers again to consideration, offered they have been utilizing it to navigate. If not, the administration has additionally requested Apple, MapQuest, TomTom and Garmin to incorporate comparable options. Within the meantime, it additionally has its personal app.
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