Accidents involving inadequate, like commuter trains, light rail, subways, and cargo, are among the deadliest accidents. The human body is no match for the hundreds of tons of metal that are smashed and twisted together in these fatal accidents. To combat the prevalence of these accidents, especially in the rail-congested Northeast, some governments and activists are pressuring Internet companies to add warnings regarding rail crossing to their navigation apps.
Safety experts believe that warnings will significantly reduce rail-involved accidents because many accidents are caused by truck or cars that get stuck on rail crossings or are led to them by accident by faulty navigation. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has lobbied companies for 18 months to add alerts for rail crossings. It appears its efforts are beginning to pay off; Garmin is adding safety warnings to its latest line-up of devices and Google has agreed to do the same for its Maps app (but after several updates, the safety warnings are still not an added feature). Apple and several other companies agreed to add the warnings, but they did not make substantial commitments as to when the alerts would be included in the apps.