Google Maps has received some updates that will provide commuters with more sustainable navigation options. Google claims that its new navigation options will allow people to travel in a more environmentally friendly manner. The update adds the ability to select routes that are more fuel-efficient than others and updated biking directions and information on bike and scooter sharing directly in the Google Maps app.
According to Google, vehicles on the road worldwide emit 75% of all CO2 emissions from transportation. As a result, automobiles are one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas pollution on the planet. The new Google Maps updates are designed to aid in the reduction of emissions. Google’s new environmentally friendly routing options will get users to their destination as quickly as possible while optimizing the route to reduce fuel consumption.
More fuel-efficient options not only save money on gas but also reduce pollution in the air. The new version uses artificial intelligence and data from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The update is currently rolling out on Android and iOS devices in the United States. In addition, Google plans to expand its eco-friendly routing capability to Europe and other countries next year.
Google has been working on improving the Maps app’s navigation capabilities for bicyclists. The availability of biking directions has increased by up to 98 percent worldwide in the last year. In addition, users can see details about the route without keeping the screen on or entering turn-by-turn navigation directions with a new light navigation option for cyclists.
The update provides real-time trip updates and ETA information. In the coming months, light navigation for cyclists will be available on both Android and iOS platforms. In addition, Google has confirmed that information on bike and scooter sharing is available in 300 cities worldwide. The Android and iOS apps have information about bike and scooter sharing and support multiple bike and scooter-sharing companies.