Tech companies ignore pleas on rail safety

By: Sam Mintz, Politico, August 10, 2019

In late 2016, federal investigators probing a fatal crash between a confused truck driver and a California commuter train made a plea to Google, Apple and Microsoft: Add information on the nation’s hundreds of thousands of railroad crossings to your navigation apps.

Nearly three years later, none of them has.

Daniel Stevens, the head of the watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, who has been monitoring Google closely for his organization’s Google Transparency Project, said the failure to act fits a pattern at the company.

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“Tech companies like Google are often cavalier in how they respond to regulators seeking to uphold safety standards,” Stevens said. He added, “What we’ve learned in tracking Google for several years is that Google generally makes decisions based on what will make the company the most money.”

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