Google’s Maps app will start directing drivers along routes estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on traffic, slopes and other factors, the company announced on March 30, 2021. In other words, Maps will default to the greenest route rather than the fastest route, giving users the option to switch. Google said the feature will launch later this year in the US and eventually reach other countries as part of its commitment to help combat climate change through its services. “What we are seeing is for around half of routes, we are able to find an option that is more eco-friendly with minimal or no time-cost tradeoff,” said Russell Dicker, a director of product at Google.

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