Google Maps is riding a green wave. Soon, it will show the user, by default, the route with the lowest carbon footprint, as long as it has the same ETA as the fastest route.
The new routing model analyzes data such as road slope and traffic congestion to optimize low fuel consumption.
If the ecological route indicates a longer journey, the user can compare the CO2 effect between different routes. If you prefer to prioritize time, you can adjust your preferences in the settings to show the fastest version by default (but the planet will be disappointed).
According to Google, the feature will be launched later this year for iOS and Android in the United States, “with global expansion along the way” and should include alerts when a driver enters low-emission areas.
These features are among more than 100 improvements with AI announced by Google. One of the most attractive is the live view, a navigation tool for indoor locations.
The feature adds digital directions to the video captured by the phone’s camera to show direction. It was first launched in 2019, but only for outdoor locations.
“If you’re taking a plane or train, Live View can help you find the nearest elevator and escalator, your gate, platform, baggage claim, check-in counter, ticket booth, toilet, ATM and more. Will show the right path. And if you need to buy something in the mall, use Live View to see which floor a shop is on and how to get there so you can get a flash in and out of the eye, “Dan Glasgow explains, Vice President of Product for Google Maps.
Indoor Live View is now available in some malls across the United States and will begin in the coming months for airports, malls and transit stations in Tokyo and Zurich.
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