Google Maps to start showing green routes to reduce carbon footprint 

Carbon footprint is the accumulation of the total greenhouse gas emitted by the action of an individual, organisation or product. Reduction in the carbon footprint would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Google Maps is planning to highlight journeys and direct drivers to routes that gauge to be the most eco-friendly way. The calculation of the route that probably generates the lowest carbon footprint will be done by evaluating factors like traffic data, road inclines and congestion history.

Carbon footprint is the accumulation of the total greenhouse gas emitted by the action of an individual, organisation or product. Reduction in the carbon footprint would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

This updated feature of Google Maps will be first launched in the United States later in the year. Once fully functional in the US, the feature will be gradually rolled out globally. After the launch, the default route will be the one with the lowest carbon footprint generation. Though Google has mentioned its global expansion, there is no timeline given of its launch in India.

Meanwhile, soon Google will also roll out other feature like warning drivers while driving through low emission zones. Apart from that, Google is proposing to take a step further by working on the launch of the new map layers for the weather and air quality. Reportedly, the air quality layer is to be operational first in the US, India and Australia.