announced Google announced a range of new features that it says help people who use its platforms make more sustainable choices.
The new services focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from global warming, and are primarily found in Research, Maps, Travel, and Nest.
yPeople in the United States can see the most fuel-efficient driving routes when using Google Maps. And the company originally announced in March that the feature was on the way.
Fuel efficiency lowers fuel costs and exhaust pipe pollution. And when the most fuel-efficient route is also the fastest, maps use this option by default.
And if the fuel-efficient route is slower, the app shows users their options so they can make an informed choice about the choice. Users in Europe will be able to do the same starting in 2022.
This, in theory, helps map users reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A passenger vehicle typically emits just under 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
A person in the United States, which has one of the highest per capita emissions in the world, may be responsible for about 18 metric tons per year.
Wherever bike navigation via Maps is introduced, the app will have Lite Navigation in the coming months. This feature allows cyclists to see directions and details of their route without having to leave their screen on.
In addition, the app shares information about nearby scooter and bike sharing in 300 cities around the world. Including Berlin, New York, Sao Paulo and Taipei.
When searching for flights via Google, users are now able to see the carbon dioxide emissions associated with each flight. They even get to see how their seat selection affects their individual carbon footprint.
Taking a seat in business or first class increases the amount of pollution you are responsible for, as it takes up more space and therefore a greater share of aircraft emissions.
Recent research found that choosing a more fuel-efficient route could actually reduce CO2 pollution from a given route by up to 63 percent.
Separately, Google also announced plans to expand its research into how to reduce emissions from driving. This is by enabling traffic lights to direct traffic more efficiently.
The company piloted the software that uses artificial intelligence and found a 10 to 20 percent reduction in fuel and intersection delays. It plans to bring the program to other cities around the world, starting with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The company plans sometime this month to switch the way “climate change” results appear in its search platform. Users are directed to a customized results page containing “high-quality climate information”. It plans to bring in content sources from various bodies, including the United Nations.
The company also says it wants to make it easier for consumers to see more eco-friendly options when they shop on Google. In addition, the search displays results for hybrid and electric vehicles By early next year when users search for car models. Users also find nearby charging stations compatible with the model when searching for a specific electric vehicle.
Likewise, US users should start looking for suggestions for more energy-efficient home appliances when shopping online. This applies to searches for ovens, dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, and dryers.
Google has launched a new service for owners of Nest thermostats called “Nest Renew”. which allow users to automatically switch heating and cooling to times when more renewable energy is available through the grid.
This is a strategy promoted by energy experts and environmentalists as an important step in making homes more energy efficient. It also reduces stress on electricity grids during times of peak demand.
Furthermore, in select markets, the company offers a new premium subscription. Which enables subscribers to match their use of electricity powered by fossil fuels with some investment in renewable energy through renewable energy certificates.
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