Google announced a series of updates to its products, including Maps, Search, Travel and Nest. The updates will help users save time and money by enabling more sustainable practices.
Google has made some updates to its products. The google maps and google search have been updated with new features that allow users to find sustainable routes and places.
On Wednesday, Google unveiled new features for Google Flights, Hotels, Maps, and Nest Renew, as well as a new service called Nest Renew. These features are designed to provide users with additional knowledge about their activities’ carbon impact, allowing them to make more sustainable decisions.
On Google Flights, users can now view the carbon emissions per seat for each trip and select lower-carbon alternatives. When reserving a hotel, you’ll also get information on the company’s sustainability initiatives, which may help users choose a more environmentally friendly choice. On Wednesday, the firm also revealed a number of new features.
If the most fuel-efficient route isn’t currently the quickest on the navigation side, Google Maps will let users select it. The functionality will be available to users in the United States on Wednesday, and in Europe in 2023. Maps also provide light navigation for bikers, making it simpler to locate bike and scooter sharing programs in more than 300 locations across the globe.
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Here’s a comprehensive list of all the new features Google is releasing.
Users may now view carbon emissions per seat on every trip in Google Flights starting on Wednesday. This allows customers to compare seat choices and select one that emits less carbon. Similarly, while booking hotels, customers will now be able to view information about a hotel’s sustainability efforts, such as waste reduction and water saving methods, as well as if the hotel is Green Key or EarthCheck certified.
Carbon emissions per seat for all Google Flights flights | Source: Google
When searching for energy-intensive equipment like dishwashers, furnaces, or water heaters, Google Search’s shopping page will now prioritize more cost-effective and sustainable alternatives.
Smart houses are becoming even smarter
Google is also introducing Nest Renew, a new service. This makes advantage of a function called Energy Shift, which allows compatible Nest thermostats to automatically shift heating and cooling use to times when energy is cleaner or less costly.
For those who wish to go even farther, Renew Premium is a premium membership service that matches customers’ fossil fuel power at home with renewable energy credits produced by the same projects in Google’s energy portfolio.
New modes of transportation
Google Maps will now identify the most fuel-efficient route to go around in a vehicle if it isn’t already the quickest, as previously stated. According to the business, this may reduce over one million tons of CO2 each year, which is the equivalent of eliminating over 200,000 vehicles off the road while also saving customers money on gasoline expenses. This function will be available in the United States on Wednesday, and in Europe in 2023.
On Google Maps, users will soon be able to view environmentally friendly routes | Source: Google
Maps now adds light navigation for bikers, making it simpler to locate bike and scooter sharing programs in over 300 locations across the globe.
On Google Search, the firm is also making it simpler to view hybrid and electric car choices, compare them to gas-powered counterparts, and look for discounts, so consumers can get a better idea of the true prices before making a purchase. These features will be available in the United States later this year, with more to follow in 2023.
Google’s artificial intelligence-based traffic signal system | Source: Google
In Israel, the firm is also doing research to anticipate traffic conditions and alter traffic signal timing. According to Google, there has been a 10-20% decrease in fuel usage and wait time at junctions thus far. This study is currently being expanded to include Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities.
Clouds that are cleaner
Finally, Google recently released tools to assist companies in selecting cleaner areas for their Google Cloud resources. At Google Cloud Next ’21 next week, the firm intends to reveal additional methods for businesses to be more sustainable.
Cleaner cloud alternatives are now available for businesses | Source: Google
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