Already available in the United States, Canada and Germany, the suggestion of eco-responsible and more fuel-efficient routes inis now activated in France as well as in 40 European countries. In addition to the fastest route, Google’s guided navigation service will also offer the most fuel-efficient route when traveling by prevails over other alternatives. Motorists can compare the two options and prefer the route that allows them to save fuel and reduce of .
To optimize this suggestion,will take into account the type of motorization of the vehicle (petrol, diesel, or electric). In a few weeks, users will be able to add this information and thus benefit from the most precise estimate possible of the expected gain in terms of fuel consumption and .
Artificial intelligence at the service of ecology
” Since its launch in the United States and Canada, we estimate that this feature has already resulted in a reduction of more than 500,000 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 100,000 cars atwithdrawn from circulation », declares . With the introduction of fuel-efficient routes across Europe, the internet giant believes it can target a reduction of one million tonnes of CO2.
” In 2020, road transport was the main source of CO2 emissions across the European Union (including the UK and Iceland), accounting for 26% of total CO2 emissions “reminds Google. The company explains that it has developed machine learning algorithms by combining traffic models fromthe most common engine types by region with data from the National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy (NREL) and those of the European Environment Agency.
Google Maps shows low emission zones in several European cities
Article from ETX Daily Up, 07/28/2021
The Google Maps mapping service is enriched with a new feature that signals the presence of a regulated urban area where restrictions apply to the most polluting vehicles. Motorists can then opt for another mode of transport or change the route.
If you are driving in the French capital, you will now be able to know the so-called “low mobility emission” zones and adapt your route accordingly, or even opt for another mode of transport. To receive these alerts, go to. The American giant has just launched this new feature in Paris, as well as in other major European cities.
Motorists are no doubt aware that many cities have implemented measuresaimed at reducing pollution and improving the quality of in urban area. Since June 1, 2021, traffic has for example been prohibited for unclassified categorized vehicles (Crit’Air 5 and Crit’Air 4) throughout Paris, on specific days and times.
To facilitate the driver’s experience and encourage him to use other modes of transport,launches the “regulated areas alert” functionality. “Drivers will be able to know in particular if their vehicle is authorized in a specific area and, if necessary, they will be able to fall back on another mode of transport or another route”, explains the American company.
Low-emission zones in 250 cities around the world
Paris is not the only city where users will be able to test this new feature: these alerts are also deployed in Berlin, Barcelona, London and Amsterdam. And for good reason: according to a report by thepublished in September 2020, nearly 250 cities in Europe and in others around the world have established low emission mobility zones. All have the same objective: to limit the access of the most polluting vehicles in built-up areas.
These new alerts are part of a series of new features announced a few months earlier by, presented as tools to help us adopt an eco-responsible lifestyle. For example by locating the points of located close to home or by identifying the routes that have the smallest footprint (taking into account specific indications such as traffic jams or slopes).