Google Maps, Waze, Mappy and others must go green

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The sites and apps guide will have to better inform users about the negative impact of their journeys on the environment and their health, offer less polluting journeys and alternatives to the car, announced the government. As soon as a user tries to plan a trip, the result should display an estimate of the pollution caused, with the quantities of greenhouse gas and pollutantsair (nitrogen oxidesparticles PM10) emitted by the various modes of transport suggested.

Multimodal transport applications and sites, such as Google MapsMoovit, Mappy or Hello RATP, will have to “ put forward ” them ” route proposals with the lowest impact in terms ofemissions greenhouse gas “. If the trip includes a passage by car over a portion where the speed maximum authorized speed is greater than or equal to 110 km/h, these applications will have to offer alternatives allowing a reduction in speed of 20 km/h, and therefore less emissions.

Avoid secondary routes

While they sometimes send motorists back to secondary roads, to the chagrin of local residents, these applications will now have to “ strive to offer “relief routes” avoiding the massive use of secondary roads not intended for intensive traffic “. Unless these detours save more than 10% of the remaining journey time, or there is work or a accident on the main track.

These provisions, voted in August 2021 in article 122 of the Law Climate, were published in a decree in the Official Journal on August 3, and clarified by an order from the Minister Delegate for Transport. In addition, from December 2022, all sites and applications will have to regularly broadcast awareness messages when a user is planning a car trip.

These messages of the type For short journeys, favor walking or cycling ” Where ” Going from 130 to 110 km/h on the highway reduces your consumption by 20% will be accompanied by a signature “#SeDéplacerLesPolluer”, already mandatory in advertisements for automobiles.

Applications must also inform users of any traffic restrictions, such as Low Emission Zones (ZFE), which are expected to multiply in the coming years. Multimodal applications will also have to display at the end of 2022 the ” data relating to the cycle network, the rest areas carpooling and in the parking lot » collected in the database of the transport.gouv.fr website, and by the end of 2023 all public transport and shared vehicle offers (bicycles, scooters).

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