Google Maps implements ecological routes to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles

MADRID, Sep. 7 (Portaltic/EP) –

Google has announced the introduction of new ecological routes in its Google Maps service, some itineraries with which it seeks to minimize fuel consumption and reduce the impact of vehicle use on the environment.

The company has developed ecological routes taking into account aspects such as those recently highlighted by Statista in its 2022 report, where they point out that road transport is the largest source of carbon emissions in Europe.

These ecological routes, which initially launched in the United States in October of last year, and arrived in Canada in March 2022, have contributed to avoid more than half a million tons of carbon emissionsaccording to a statement sent to Europa Press.

Due to this positive impact, the company has decided to extend these ecological routes to European countries, where they will arrive in the coming weeks and will offer alternatives to vehicle users of both gasoline or gas such as diesel, hybrid or electric.

This is because, depending on the engine, the routes offer more or less efficient consumption. For example, diesels tend to consume less fuel at highway speeds than gasoline or gas.

For their part, vehicles with hybrid and electric motors reduce their consumption in situations of traffic congestion at stops and starts in urban areas.

In this way, once the user has chosen the type of engine his vehicle has, the application will offer the best route with an accurate estimate of its consumption efficiency.

This technology has been developed based on research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and data from the European Environment Agency. Meanwhile, Google has combined this information with the driving trends of your application.

As a result, it has developed machine learning models that it has trained on the most popular types of engines for each of the regions that Google Maps uses.

Along with the announcement of the forthcoming implementation of ecological routes on Google Maps, the company has recalled that this service has other features focused on sustainability.

Among them, the option ‘Spot charging per electric vehicle’, that allows locating nearby charging stations; new bike routes with more information and details such as where the steepest slopes are or where there are stairs; as well as LiveView.

This option, aimed at pedestrians, uses technology of augmented reality (AR) to display arrows and directions overlaid on the map, as well as preview the walking route with Google Street View.

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