Google Maps is rolling out new features aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its users. These include eco-friendly routing, light navigation for cyclists, and bike and scooter sharing information that can help people make greener choices while commuting. With eco-friendly routing, Google Maps will suggest routes that are optimized for the lowest fuel consumption. The Light Navigation feature will give cyclists important details about their route, without having to enter turn-by-turn navigation, which requires a screen. With bike and scooter sharing information, users can quickly check nearby stations and how many vehicles are available at any time on Google Maps.
Google By blog post Detailed all the new features on Wednesday that Google Map Rolling out for users. The new eco-friendly routing uses Google’s AI algorithms to recommend the most fuel-efficient route, which may or may not be the fastest route to your destination. Travelers can check both the most fuel efficient route and the fastest route to their destination and compare ETA (Expected Time of Arrival) and fuel savings. Google claims that environmentally friendly routing has the potential to prevent more than one million tons of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of removing more than 200,000 cars from the road. The update is currently available on both Android and iOS in the US. Google plans to expand it to Europe and other markets in 2022.
With the Light Navigation feature, cyclists can focus more on the road without having to turn on their mobile screen or enter turn-by-turn navigation. This feature provides important details about the journey such as travel progress, real-time ETA updates and route altitude at a quick glance. Android and iOS users in areas where cycling navigation is live will get this feature in the coming months.
Google Maps is also rolling out information on nearby bike and scooter stations to give users an idea of how many vehicles are available in cities including Berlin, New York, So Paulo and Taipei. Users can ensure the parking space before going to the station. Google has joined hands with some micro-mobility partners for this feature. Bike and scooter share information will be available on Android and iOS in over 300 cities around the world.