The system will analyze and compare data such as traffic, vehicle emissions and road topography to calculate the sustainability of routes.
Google has announced a new feature of the Google Maps service – it will recommend greener routes to drivers that will leave the least carbon footprint.
“For about half of our routes, we can find a greener option with little or no time investment,” said Russell Dicker, Google Product Director. The new feature will appear as part of the fight against climate change.
To calculate the sustainability of routes, the system will analyze and compare data such as traffic, vehicle emissions and road topography. The service will automatically choose the most eco-friendly route, but if you wish, you can turn off this option and choose a different route yourself. At the end of the year, the feature will start working in the US, and later will appear in other countries.
In addition, Google Maps will notify users that there is a zone of controlled selection along the route, where, for example, entry of old or diesel vehicles is prohibited. The driver will be able to find out if his transport is allowed in this area and choose an alternative route. This June the feature will be available in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain and the UK, and later in other countries.