Google Maps has started rolling out a brand new initiative that is an awesome small thing many of us can use as a way to do our bit for the planet.
The new Google Maps feature is currently being released across iPhone and Android and will see the app offer eco-friendly routes to your destination.
“Travelling by car is one of the more carbon-intensive choices people make on a daily basis,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said a few weeks ago. “Starting [October 6th] in the US, and in Europe in 2022, Google Maps will let you choose the route with the lowest carbon emissions if it isn’t already the fastest one.”
The eco-friendly routes work by the Google Maps algorithms analysing several factors before it offers up the most fuel efficent way to get to your destination.
The route with the lowest carbon footprint might show up as the main suggestion in Google Maps if the ETA matches the fastest route. That’s definitely a great feature to have in a navigation app if you’re trying to reduce your own CO2 emissions while driving.
Google Maps will highlight the eco-friendlier routes in the navigation panel, explaining the driver’s direct impact on the environment. In the example above, the most fuel-efficient route lowers CO2 emissions by 8% percent. Other warnings might tell you exactly how much fuel you save even though you might be driving a few minutes longer than the fastest route.
Google said in its announcements that the more fuel-efficient route could have a massive impact. It might help prevent over one million tons of carbon emissions per year. This is similar to removing some 200,000 cars from the road.