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Noida traffic cops ask Google to mark ‘accident-prone’ spots on its app-based maps

Noida traffic police officials said they are willing to share data about ‘black spots’ with Google so that such accident-prone areas, with other landmarks, could be marked on Google Maps, which would lead to safety on roads.

noida Updated: Feb 11, 2019 15:27 IST
Snehil Sinha
Snehil Sinha
Hindustan Times, Noida
At least 11 ‘black’ or accident-prone spots were identified in Noida and Greater Noida in 2016. New black spots in Noida are now going to be identified soon and the process will begin this month.
At least 11 ‘black’ or accident-prone spots were identified in Noida and Greater Noida in 2016. New black spots in Noida are now going to be identified soon and the process will begin this month.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo )
         

As part of the Road Safety Week, the Noida traffic police have written to software company Google to mark accident-prone or “black” spots on its app-based maps.

Officials said they are willing to share data about such spots with the tech giant so that accident-prone areas, with other landmarks, could be marked on Google Maps, which would lead to safety on roads.

“We have a list of black spots that we will share with Google. These can be highlighted on their digital maps, just like Metro lines or stations, petrol pumps and restaurants. Since many people use global-positioning system (GPS) now for directions, it will be useful if commuters can see the black spots from a few kilometers ahead,” Anil Kumar Jha, superintendent of police (traffic), said.

He said the move would be an example for other cities if it is implemented in Noida and Greater Noida. He added that most cities have a list of black spots identified through accident data. All cities could share such data and have them listed on Google Maps so that commuters are warned of accident-prone stretches before approaching these, Jha added.

“India became a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration in 2015 and committed to reducing casualties by 50% by 2020. If people are made aware of accident-prone stretches, it will be a forewarning to be more careful,” Jha said.

At least 11 black spots were identified in Noida and Greater Noida in 2016. New black spots in Noida are now going to be identified soon and the process will begin this month. “We will start the process during Road Safety Week itself and the first meeting is scheduled for next week. The regional traffic office, the public works department and the traffic police team will jointly identify the black spots and start the process of rectifying them,” Jha said.

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 15:27 IST