Google Offering Railroad Crossings Alerts for Drivers

June 29, 2015

Google will add audio and visual alerts to warn drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google’s navigation system, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced on Monday.

The agency also asked four other companies – Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL’s MapQuest – to join similar map partnerships using the agency’s data to pinpoint the crossings, it said. AOL is owned by Verizon.

The FRA said about 270 people died last year in road-rail collisions. With more drivers using smartphone navigation apps to reach their destinations, the agency said they will be safer if they know about rail crossings they are approaching.

Acting FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg, a former Facebook Inc. executive, said the agency’s geographical data pinpoints nearly every rail crossing in the country.

Representatives for Google could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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  • June 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm
    Agent says:
    There have been a couple of bad train/car accidents in recent months. I believe they both had the barriers and lights flashing at the crossing. People who live in rural area... read more
  • June 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm
    mikey says:
    I like the comment because I hate texters while driving, but some more rural areas still don't have lights, let alone barriers. They can sneak up on you sometimes.
  • June 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    Agent says:
    No need to look for train crossings with flashing lights, crossing barriers if you can keep your nose in that cell and let Google tell you where it is.
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