Google, Apple, Microsoft reportedly ignoring safety pleas to add rail crossings to maps

 

News article: Google, Apple, Microsoft reportedly ignoring safety pleas to add rail crossings to maps

Hundreds of people die in collisions at rail crossings every year

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I will kick it off.

Why or how would including the crossings actually help?  The google maps app which is what would be the best to use would also require much maintaining of cross information and this can change as the Melbourne experience suggests and not all cities are flush with level crossings like Melbourne.

Food for thought.

Google, Apple, Microsoft reportedly ignoring safety pleas to add rail crossings to maps

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  duttonbay Minister for Railways

If the concern is drivers turning onto the railway line, rather than a street, then it may be useful for the driver to be told to "turn right after the level crossing" instead of simply "turn right at the next street" or "turn right in 100 metres". That might provide some awareness of the crossing.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I think the benefit would be if using any of these for satellite navigation it could warn of approach to a level crossing, but then again isn't that what signs are for? I'm thoroughly sick of hearing stories about people blindly following their satnav and not using their eyes and brains!
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

No thanks.

Drivers need to get back to driving.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Go back to street directories and a proper navigator rather then the crap that is in GPS products.  

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Go back to street directories and a proper navigator rather then the crap that is in GPS products.
simstrain
Back in the day I recall driving around Sydney with the UBD on the steering wheel so that I wouldn't miss a turn. Worked a treat! That said Sydney (and pretty much all cities) have grown beyond recognition since the '70s! I will use a SatNav, but not before I have thoroughly researched my proposed route. Pretty much always I will know if the SatNav is leading me astray (and it tries to) even in unfamiliar territory and on these occasions I will ignore it.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

While it's all very well for us to tell people to learn how to read a map, that doesn't address the problem. Whether you like it or not, the bulk of those driving these days are using Sat-Nav. It's hard to understand how people can turn onto railway lines, but it happens; one of the reasons is a sat-nav telling the driver to turn now.

I've been in a car in rural Australia and the driver, using sat-nav, was told to turn right in 100 metres.  As we approached the turn we realised there was a level crossing (the map didn't even display railway lines) with a parallel road either side of the railway. We had to drive quite slowly to work out which side of the (non-existent according to the sat-nav) railway we were meant to be turning into. I can easily imagine how those who blindly follow directions would get confused, particularly at night.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Sorry but I have a street directory fetish. I always try to have the latest versions.