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Summit to explore measures to prevent accidents

UK: UK government’s Transport Minister Norman Baker announced that the government will host a summit to discuss how to prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers following the wrong directions provided by satellite navigation systems.

Baker urged highway authorities, mapping providers and satnav makers to work more closely with the Department for Transport (DOT) to update navigation maps. This will help prevent huge lorries from being sent down inappropriate roads and ensure motorists are given the best possible directions.

The DOT said it can currently take months for map updates to make their way from local councils to satnavs.

The planned summit is due to take place a month before local authorities get new powers to decide how their roads appear on maps – helping them to direct traffic better.

Source: The Telegraph