Dane Glasgow, senior vice president of products, writes Google Maps.
“If the greener route is likely to significantly increase travel time, you will have the opportunity to compare the relative carbon impact of the two routes before making your choice,” he adds.
Google specifies that it will always be possible to display the shortest path just by modifying preferences in the app’s settings.
To develop this new tool, the group in California says it has teamed up with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The internet giant has relied on multiple factors such as “the degree of steepness of the road or the slowdown due to traffic jams”.
“Greener roads will begin offering in the US later this year, with global coverage eventually,” Glasgow says.
Along the same lines, Google has developed an alert system that signals the user that it is in a low-emission area. It will be available from June in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK on Android and iOS devices.
In the coming months and around the world, maps will also indicate the most environmentally friendly means of transportation to get to a place.
Among other innovations introduced by Google Maps, the service has developed a feature that helps guide you inside a building thanks to the Live View tool, which is already available in some malls in major American cities (Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle). You must follow the airports.
The app will also introduce a “layer” to forecast its output according to weather and air quality, which will be initially launched in the US, India and Australia.