Google Maps shows the most environmentally friendly route


Google Maps shows the most environmentally friendly route

Google has introduced two of its services, Maps and Flights, which are options that aim to make its users aware of the need to take care of the environment. Either way, it is about conveying to the user the ecological footprint of their movements and showing how they can contribute to reducing climate change by choosing more sustainable methods.

In regards to Google Maps, the app will no longer show the fastest route to get to a point. From now on, the maps will also indicate the most sustainable path, that is, the path where fuel consumption is lower or more efficient.

To develop this tool, Google combined data from the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Among them, it is estimated the most appropriate way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Google's goal is to reduce 1 million tons of emissions annually, which is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road.

In the Google Maps app, this route will be highlighted in green. In addition, it will include information about how long this trip will take and how much gasoline the driver will save with his choice.

Environmental impact of flights

In the case of Google Flights, the company's flight search engine, the tool informs users of the environmental impact of flights. This way, buyers have detailed carbon footprint information for most trips offered on the platform. This estimate can be seen along with the price and flight duration.

This estimate will vary depending on the flight and seat the user selects. For example, the same amount of emissions will not be shown in first class or economy class seats as the former takes up more space and, therefore, assumes more emissions. In addition, it will be taken into account whether the airline uses older aircraft, which emit more carbon dioxide, or more modern aircraft.

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