The Federal Railroad Administration said recently that it has planned with Google to help prevent accidents at railroad crossings. Google will embed data for railroad crossings into Google Maps to help alert drivers of upcoming intersections where there might be a chance of a passing train.
Google will tap into the U.S. Department of Transportation’s database to gather the information, The New York Times said, and drivers will be alerted through voice navigation and visual alerts through Google Maps, so long as they’re navigating using Google’s software.
We assume that sort of information will also trickle into Waze, another popular tool used by drivers that’s also owned by Google. The New York Times said the goal is to decrease “preventable” accidents and deaths caused by vehicles crossing railroads; 270 people died and 843 were injured in 2014, the news outlet said, noting that there are more than 85,000 private and 130,000 public crossings in the U.S.
The Federal Railroad Administration is also reportedly hoping to get the U.S. DoT data into maps offered by other firms including Garmin, TomTom, MapQuest and Apple, The New York Times said, though additional partnerships have not yet been announced.