New sat-nav update aims to prevent lorry bridge crashes

A new multi-million pound sat-nav project aims to stop large vehicles getting stuck under low lying bridges and in narrow lanes.

 

Ordnance Survey is creating a database that will contain information about 200,000 miles (321,869km) of roadways to prevent such accidents, which is due to launch before the end of the year.

 

Chief executive of the Road Haulage Association Richard Burnett says the new database will provide the sat-nav manufacturers with the ability to make journeys for heavy goods vehicle drivers safer.

 

The new technology can only be a success if all sat-nav providers sign up – which will cost them. The data will be offered as a commercial product by Ordnance Survey to cover its running costs; £3m of taxpayers money has also been contributed by The Department for Transport.

 

Access to the new database will be offered to sat-nav providers from 16th November this year.

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