The groups’ — including MTA Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak, the Railway Association of Canada and the Secretary of Communications and Transportation of Mexico — contributions provided the information Waze needed to launch the feature in the US, Canada, Mexico and France. Waze had to rely on its local map editors, though, to be able to incorporate railroad crossings in the UK, Italy, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Netherlands and Ireland.
Going forward, a banner will automatically pop up on Waze if you’re approaching a crossing, which is marked with a familiar “X” sign on the map. The banner will show how far the crossing is and warns you to approach with caution. Dani Simons, Waze’s head of Public Sector Partnerships, said “This feature exemplifies Waze’s commitment to building for its Driving app, being the first to implement features and emphasizes our focus on safety.”
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