In a bid to minimize railroad crossing accidents in the US, the Federal Railroad Administration has entered into a partnership with Google to include all grade crossings in Google Maps soon.
Google will be acquiring the data from United States Department of Transportation and pinpoint each and every rail crossing in the US. In addition to including the location in Maps, Google is also going to add audio and visual alerts in the app so that drivers can be warned when they are using the navigation feature in Google Maps.
Although accidents at grade crossings had been declining in recent years, it had gone up last year by 9 per cent. It is reported that around 270 people died last year in highway-rail collisions, while 843 people were injured.
The partnership with Google could prove to be quite useful as more individuals are starting to rely on Google Maps for directions.
Source: NY Times