Google Maps is releasing new features aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its users. Eco-friendly routing, light navigation for cyclists and bike and scooter sharing information can help you make green choices while traveling. With eco-friendly routing, Google Maps will suggest optimal ways for lower fuel consumption. The Light Navigation feature provides cyclists with important details about their route without having to have on-screen turn-by-turn navigation. With bike and scooter sharing information, users can quickly check how many vehicles are at any given time at nearby stations and on Google Maps.
On Wednesday Google described all the new features that Google Maps is releasing for users through a blog post. New eco-friendly routing suggests a fuel-efficient path using Google’s AI algorithms, which may or may not be the fastest path to your destination. Passengers can check both the most fuel-efficient route and the quickest route to their destination and compare ETA (arrival expected time) and fuel savings. Google says eco-friendly routing is capable of preventing one million tons of carbon emissions a year — the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from the road. The update is currently available on both Android and iOS in the United States. Google plans to expand it to Europe and other markets by 2022.
With the light navigation feature, cyclists can focus more on the road without turning on their mobile screen or entering turn-by-turn navigation. This feature provides important details such as the progress of the trip, the ETA update in real time and the height of the route at a quick glance. Android and iOS users will get this feature in the coming months in areas where cycling is live.
Google Maps also introduces information about nearby bike and scooter stations to allow users to check how many vehicles are in cities including Berlin, New York, So Paulo and Taipei. Users can make sure of the parking space before going to the station. Google has partnered with some micro-mobility partners for this feature. Bike and scooter sharing information is available on Android and iOS in more than 300 cities around the world.
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