Waze begins rolling out railroad crossing alerts globally

Alerts about upcoming railroad crossing appear as a banner in the iOS and Android Waze apps. | Image via Waze / Operation Lifesaver

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

The feature is not wholly new, and was quietly launched in the US, Belgium, and Canada earlier this year, but Waze says it’s now expanding the alerts to more territories. In some countries it’s working with official data from railroad operators, while in others (like the UK, Italy, Israel, Brazil, Mexico) it’s relying on its community of local map editors to add alerts.

“Railroad Crossing alerts started rolling out on Waze earlier this year, however now that more people are returning to the roads following the COVID-19 outbreak we are highlighting this functionality to help promote road safety,” a spokesperson…

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Author: James Vincent