Google Maps will alert you to upcoming railroad crossings

Car accidents at railroad crossings spiked nine percent last year, according to the New York Times–a huge number that the Federal Railroad Administration is trying to bring down. Today, it announced a project with Google to create alerts within Google Maps that will tell motorists when they’re closing in on a crossing.

Google says that its Maps app will soon pull information from FRA data sources to ID almost every crossing in the United States. So, when you’re using Google Maps to navigate—whether via voice or the screen—the app will let you know when you’re near a crossing and should be extra cautious. The NYT says the partnership with Google isn’t exclusive, and that the FRA also wants to work with other mapmakers, including Apple, Garmin, and others, bringing similar alerts to those services . The functionality is apparently coming soon, but has no official start date.

Leave a Reply