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GOOGLE MAPS TO DIRECT DRIVERS ALONG ROUTES THAT GENERATE LOWEST CARBON EMISSIONS

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• Google Maps app will now start directing drivers to the routes that have been estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions on the basis of traffic, slopes, and other factors

According to search engine giant Google, for a greener and less polluted world, Google Maps app will now start directing drivers to the routes that have been estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions on the basis of traffic, slopes, and other factors. The Alphabet Inc owned company, said this new feature would be rolled out later in this year in the US and later in other countries as part of its commitment to help battle against climate change with the help of its services.
Google further said if the users opt-out, the default route will be the “eco-friendly” one if comparable options take about the same time and when alternatives are significantly faster, the app will offer choices and let users compare estimated emissions.
Talking to the reporters on Monday, Russell Dicker, a director of product at Google said “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.”
The company led by Sundar Pichai 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).

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