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Google Maps will now assist travelers in locating the most environmentally friendly route

Driving and flying are two of the most significant contributors to carbon emissions and global warming. As a result, Google is assisting users in making more informed decisions about their travel arrangements.

Google is releasing new features on Google Maps and Google Flights that will show users how their travel plans may contribute to climate change, according to the company.

In addition to displaying the quickest route to their destination, Google Maps will now display the route that is the most fuel-efficient for the driver.

Google used data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy to develop the new feature, which estimates that eco-friendly routing has the potential to prevent more than one million tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere each year. According to Google, this is the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from the road for one year.

The route that is the most environmentally friendly will be displayed on the Google Maps app with a small green leaf next to it. The route option will include information on how long the trip will take and how much fuel the driver will be able to save if he or she chooses that route.

It's no secret that biking is a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation than driving, and the use of biking directions on Google Maps has increased by as much as 98 percent in the last year, according to the search engine giant. The tech company is concentrating on attracting bike riders with a new feature called "lite navigation," which provides cyclists with important information about their routes as they ride.

This feature is being introduced as a result of feedback received from cyclists who were tired of having to follow turn-by-turn directions on their phones. After all, most bikers tend to keep their phones tucked away for the majority of the ride.

Bike riders will be able to see details about their route without having to keep their screens turned on or engage turn-by-turn navigation with lite navigation.

Cyclists will also be able to track the progress of their journey, see their estimated arrival time updated in real time, and view elevation information for their route.

In addition to the biking feature, Google Maps is introducing a feature that will provide more information about bike and scooter sharing in 300 cities, including Berlin, New York, and So Paulo. The feature will be available in the following cities: Users of Google Maps will be able to locate nearby docking stations as well as determine how many vehicles are available at any given time with this new functionality.

In order to make this feature possible, Google has partnered with a number of bike and scooter companies, including Donkey Republic, Tier, and Voi, which are based in Europe, as well as Bird and Spin, which are based in the United States.

Customers searching for flights on Google Flights will now be able to see carbon emissions estimates for nearly every flight in the search results, in addition to information on price and trip duration. According to Google, the estimates are "flight-specific" as well as "seat-specific."

It was stated in a press release by the company that "newer aircraft emit significantly less pollution than older aircraft." In addition, Google stated that "emissions increase for premium economy and first-class seats because they take up more space and account for a greater proportion of total emissions."

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