Waze begins rolling out railroad crossing alerts globally

Google-owned navigation app Waze is rolling out a global safety feature that alerts users about upcoming railroad crossings…

Many rail organizations, like the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), have been pushing for GPS apps to integrate railroad alerts for years. Safety agencies say drivers still get confused about where and when to stop near railroad crossings, especially if suffering from fatigue, and that alerts from navigation apps like Waze can help remind them of these dangers. The most recent data from the FRA covering 2018 reported that there were 2,217 collisions at railroad crossings in the US with 262 of these resulting in fatalities.