SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting next month, navigation services will notify drivers of icy roads.
The Ministry of the Interior and Safety will soon begin testing the new voice warning system jointly with three private navigation service providers until February 29 of next year.
Major navigation firms including Tmap operator SK Telecom, KakaoNavi operator Kakao Mobility, Atlan operator Mappers, and others will join the project.
The Road Traffic Authority reported that the average number of deaths differed based on road conditions.
For every 100 car accidents, 3.05 people died on icy roads, 2.7 people on wet roads, 1.9 people on dry roads, and 1.9 people on snow-covered roads.
The ministry set up a database of 1,288 road locations exposed to the risk of freezing and 136 areas with a high rate of car accidents due to icy roads.
The new warning system notifies the driver of an approaching icy road both by voice and a warning sign shown on the navigation screen.
“We will work on resolving all issues that rise during the test with the aim to provide all related information to navigation services next year,” a government official said.
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