Google Maps Will Show You The Lowest Carbon Route To Your Car Journeys


Google Maps Will Show You The Lowest Carbon Route To Your Car Journeys



Today, Google announced that eco-friendly routes are now available for iOS and Android users in America. Support in Europe will be added in 2022. This new route option gives drivers the ability to choose between the fastest and fuel-efficient route. However, Maps also gets two new features: a “lite navigation” mode that allows cyclists to navigate but not turn-by-turn directions. Also, expanded information about bike and scooter sharing is available for those who want to ride a Donkey Republic bike on their journeys through Berlin.

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Sundar Pichai (Google’s chief executive) stated that the initiative could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1m tonnes per year. This is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off of the road. Google Maps will offer drivers the lowest-carbon route to their journey by the company’s environmentally friendly policies.

After factors like traffic and inclines have been considered, motorists will choose the route that emits the most minor carbon emissions. The product will be available in the US starting Wednesday and in Europe beginning next year. Google Maps will default the lowest carbon option in cases where similar journey times are generally the same.


Traveling by car is one of the most carbon-intensive decisions people make every day. Google Maps will allow you to choose the route that emits the most minor carbon emissions, starting [Wednesday] in America and ending in Europe in 2022,” stated Pichai.


Google stated that online car buyers will view hybrid and electric vehicles and compare them to exclusively fossil fuel-powered models.


Russell Dicker, senior director of Transportation at Google Maps, said that the eco-friendly routing feature will always show you which route is the fastest and which one is the most fuel-efficient. With just a few taps, you can compare the fuel savings and the ETA differences between each option. Then you can choose the one that suits you best. Google Maps will allow users to see only the fastest route no matter what.



The tech company also announced other green initiatives, including emissions information in its airline fares search engine Google Flights. Users around the globe will soon be able to see the carbon emissions per flight and lower-carbon flight options starting Wednesday. Information about sustainability initiatives at hotels will be included in hotel searches.


Google also announced changes to shopping searches. It will offer suggestions on its shopping tab to help buyers find sustainable alternatives to energy-intensive devices like water heaters and dishwashers. Google stated in 2020 that it would be exclusively powered by low-carbon energy 2030.


Pichai stated that climate change is not a distant threat. It’s becoming more localized and personal. Wildfires, flooding, and other extreme weather are affecting our health, economies, and future on the planet. This urgent problem requires immediate and practical solutions.