Waze is enriched with an important news regarding safety. Indeed, the "Level Crossing" function has been made available worldwide. Operation is very simple. Through a notification, the app will alert users who are arriving in the vicinity of a railway crossing of the potential safety risks associated with the transit of a level crossing.
A banner will appear on the Waze app highlighting the intersection and encouraging the driver to approach carefully. To have this function you need the latest version of the app for iOS and Android platforms. The decision to add these notices follows recommendations from both the US Senate and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for application-based navigation platforms such as Waze which, by doing so, can contribute to efforts to reduce the number of drivers. involved in accidents at railway level crossings.
The United States Federal Railways Administration is also promoting this project. Waze used their public database of American railroad crossings for its new functionality. This change was also supported by major rail network operators and other organizations that provided essential information to add rail crossings to the Waze map. Dani Simons, Head of Public Sector Partnerships at Waze, commented on the introduction of this novelty in this way:
The "Level Crossing" function is the result of cross-sectoral and inter-industrial collaboration, both within Waze and within the Community, a work carried out together to map all railway intersections. This feature exemplifies Waze's commitment to building its navigation app, as the first to implement features and emphasize its focus on security.
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