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OS to update satnav road maps

The UK Government is to spend £3 million to create a detailed digital satnav map of the nation.

For the first time, Corporate Member Ordnance Survey (OS) will produce a definitive database for satnav manufacturers that contains data on road widths, bridge heights, weight restrictions and bans on left or right turns at junctions. It will also draw on data from councils to warn drivers about speed restrictions, roadworks and cycle lanes.

The change comes amid concerns over the number of drivers following digital navigation devices that often fail to inform them about restrictions. Recent figures from the DfT show that 52% of drivers now reject paper maps in favour of satnavs, which are also being incorporated into driving tests.

Over the past few years an increasing number of complaints has been logged over lorries being sent down winding roads, damaging buildings and highway surfaces, becoming wedged under bridges and blocking traffic. Some incidents have involved foreign lorry drivers who cannot read road signs.

The national digital road map, funded by the DfT, will display the dimensions and accessibility of every street and highway in England and Wales. Local highway authorities will also feed changes to road layouts, newly imposed restrictions, planned roadworks, temporary speed limits and cycle lanes into the system.

OS has been developing the technology for 2.5 years, and believes that it will lead to 'more efficient routing for all road users, including HGVs'.

Now the Government has spent £3 million to chart about 200,000 miles of roads to create this database, which will be sold to satnav manufacturers and be made available free to state organisations - including the emergency services. The database is to be introduced in November.

Details from the link below . .

  • 25 October 2016
  • RIN

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