One Eco-Efficient Thing: Google Map Routes With Lowest Carbon Footprint Navigation

We are already so dependent on Google maps it’s hard to imaging how we could need them more!  But soon they will provide even better services thanks to some work with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab.  When you are looking at directions, the default option will be the one with the lowest fuel consumption based on factors like road incline and traffic congestion.  The impact of just this fix will be HUGE — one billion people who use this service can actually choose to reduce their environmental footprint — it will compare the relative CO2 impact between routes. They’re even going to make it easier to choose NOT to drive by eliminating the need to toggle between car, public transit, and bike tabs to see the options.  Smart!  These new features should be available later this year.  You can read more about them here.

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