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Why aren’t railroad crossings on your map app? – Marketplace.org

If you use a map app on your phone you may have noticed railroad crossings being left out. This may have caused you confusion or at least curiosity. The reason for this is explained here. Any map app user should check this out so they know what’s going on.

Key Takeaways:

  • As more drivers today rely on smartphones and other GPS technology for directions, the ability of those devices to distract attention from the road has become a major safety issue.
  • Government agencies have called on major technology companies to incorporate the locations of more than 200,000 crossings in their maps and to warn drivers when they are approaching one.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board made such safety recommendations after investigating a deadly crash in February 2015, in which the driver of a truck mistakenly turned onto railroad tracks in Oxnard, California.

“Government agencies have called on major technology companies to incorporate the locations of more than 200,000 crossings in their maps and to warn drivers when they are approaching one.”

https://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/06/tech/why-doesnt-your-driving-app-show-railroad-crossings