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Google Maps set to direct drivers to 'eco-friendly'
routes based on traffic
Google, an Alphabet unit, said the feature would launch later this year in the US and eventually reach
other countries as part of its commitment to help combat climate change through its services
Google's Maps app will start directing drivers along routes
estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on
traffic, slopes and other factors, the company announced on
Tuesday. Google, an Alphabet Inc unit, said the feature would
launch later this year in the United States and eventually reach
other countries as part of its commitment to help combat climate
change through its services.
Unless users opt out, the default route will be the "eco-friendly"
one if comparable options take about the same time, Google said.
When alternatives are significantly faster, Google will offer choices
and let users compare estimated emissions. "What we are seeing
is for around half of routes, we are able to find an option more
eco-friendly with minimal or no time-cost tradeoff," Russell Dicker,
a director of product at Google, told reporters on Monday.
Google said it derives emissions relative estimates by testing
across different types of vehicles and road types, drawing on
insights from the U.S. government's National Renewable Energy
Lab (NREL). Road grade data comes from its Street View cars as
well as aerial and satellite imagery NREL mobility group manager
Jeff Gonder said the lab, which developed a tool known as FastE
to estimate vehicles' energy usage, reached a deal this month to
get funding from Google and study the accuracy of its estimates.