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Google Maps introduces green routes and routes for cyclists

The Google Maps service is going to implement new functions to try to reduce the carbon footprint of users. These new Google Maps features will include green routes, light navigation for cyclists, and information on bike rental services or rent an electric scooter to help people make greener decisions.

The ecological routes are routes that have been calculated to have a lower fuel consumption by car, which will not always be the shortest or fastest. The light navigation function will give cyclists important details about their route without having to enter the turn-by-turn navigation that requires the screen to be on, thus using less battery power. Shared electric scooter and bike information will report nearby stations and how many vehicles are available at any given time.

Google Maps wants to contribute to a greener life with green routes and shared bicycles

The new green routes on Google Maps will use Google's artificial intelligence algorithms to recommend the most fuel efficient route, it won't have to be the fastest route to your destination. You can check both the most fuel efficient route and the fastest route to your destination and compare the estimated time and fuel savings. Google claims that green routes can prevent more than one million tons of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the consumption of 200.000 cars. It is expected to arrive in Europe in 2022.

With light navigation it is expected that cyclists will be able to concentrate on the road instead of keeping their eyes on the screen or pointing out the steps of their routes. It will provide important details about the trip, such as its progress, real-time estimated arrival time, and route elevation at a quick glance.

Information on bike and electric scooter rental stations will let you know how many vehicles are available in cities like Berlin, New York, Sao Paulo and Taipei. With this they hope to offer information on urban transport for the sections that are normally made on foot before and after using public transport such as urban train or buses. Google has partnered with some micro-mobility partners for this facility and it will be available in more than 300 cities around the world.

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Benjamin Rosa

Madrileño whose publishing career began in 2009. I love investigating curiosities that I later bring to you, readers, in articles. I studied photography, a skill that I use to create humorous photomontages.

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