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This is a welcome addition to the WAZE app. Everyday people end up on tracks and if lucky enough to survive state "my GPS told me to turn". In addition it will provide awareness of safety while approaching a grade crossing - now if Garmin would only follow suit:

Waze will now notify you if you’re approaching a railroad crossing. The Google-owned platform has updated its Android and iOS applications to add railroad crossing alerts worldwide, making it the first sat nav app with the feature. While it may sound like a minor update, it’s one that could save lives: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) asked tech companies to add the feature to their map apps after a truck driver caused a deadly derailment while following Google Maps back in 2015.

Apple, Google and Microsoft had yet to comply with the request, made way back in 2016, as of mid-2019. Since Google owns Waze, though, the feature could make its way to Google Maps in the future. In its announcement, the tech giant said Waze’s volunteer map editors verified the railroad crossing data provided by organizations and rail network operators that advocate for its addition to navigation apps.

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@Railrunnin posted:

Marty, i think additional safety features are a good thing. I didnt realize only dumb people use GPS

Paul

No but dumb people do not use their senses and avoid driving onto railroad tracks.  I'm all about safety but at some point you have to take some responsibility for your driving.  I use GPS all the time to help me get where I'm going but when it tells me to turn left, I'm smart enough to make sure I am turning onto a road and not a train track.  I'm just saying if you are going to drive you should be paying attention to your surroundings.

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