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Google Maps is to offer drivers the lowest-carbon route for their chosen journey as part of the search company’s new environmentally friendly policies.
Motorists will be able to select the route with the lowest carbon emissions once factors such as traffic and road inclines are taken into account. The new product launched in the U.S. on Wednesday and will launch in Europe next year. Where the comparable journey times are broadly the same, Google Maps will default to the lowest-carbon option.
Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said the initiative could save 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, or the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road.
“Traveling by car is one of the more carbon-intensive choices people make on a daily basis. Starting [Wednesday] in the U.S., and in Europe in 2022, Google Maps will let you choose the route with the lowest carbon emissions if it isn’t already the fastest one,” said Pichai.
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