Google Maps will start directing drivers to routes it calculates to be the most eco-friendly based on a list of factors.
“From Amsterdam to Jakarta, cities around the world have established low emission zones areas that restrict polluting vehicles like certain diesel cars or cars with specific emissions stickers to help keep the air clean,” Google said.
“To support these efforts, we’re working on alerts to help drivers better understand when they’ll be navigating through one of these zones.”
The search engine said it will highlight journeys that generate the lowest carbon footprint using mainly traffic data and road inclines.
Google said the feature would launch first in the US later this year “with a global expansion on the way”.
The new feature is part of its commitment to fight climate change.
When launched, the default route on the Google Maps app will be the “eco-friendly” option, unless users choose to opt out of it.
When alternative routes are significantly faster, Google will offer choices and let users compare estimated emissions.
“What we are seeing is for around half of routes, we are able to find an option more eco-friendly with minimal or no time-cost trade-off,” Russell Dicker, a director of product at Google said.
Google Maps users will be also able to compare car, cycling, public transport and other travel options in one place instead of toggling between different sections in a new feature being launched this year.