A number of new features have been added to Google Maps that will also effectively help us reduce our daily CO2 emissions.

For a long time we have been able to choose bike route planning on Google Maps, but so far no specific navigation for cyclists has been included in the software. The new feature just announced is simply called lightweight browsing and is scheduled to be available to users in the coming months.

The solution works as we are used to in car navigation: it shows the selected route, where we should turn and also when we are expected to arrive. It also has level changes along the way, so no one will be surprised if you have to climb a hill.

You won’t even have to press it to start turn-by-turn navigation to use light navigation, you can already track everything in the route planning interface. In addition, you will not need to open the application for the most important data, the application will also continuously display the information in the notification bar.

A novelty for car transport has also arrived: the application already shows US users the route that is not necessarily the shortest, but takes you to the destination by burning the least amount of fuel. Google estimates that if users choose these routes, approximately one million tons of carbon dioxide could be released into the atmosphere.

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The latter, a car feature, will be available to Google users in Europe in 2022, while bike navigation will be available in the coming months.

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