Here’s why Waze, Maps and Google Maps will no longer give you the shortest route to your destination

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In the months to come, Maps, Google Maps or Waze will have to put in place a series of measures desired by the government, to encourage their users to adopt ecological reflexes. Here is what will change for you.

Waze, Google Maps or even Maps will have to make their GPS application more eco-friendly, explains BFM. A decree published on August 3, certain measures of which began to come into force on Saturday August 6, wants to “support the transition of uses towards carbon-free mobility” on their guidance application. The goal ? Push platforms to add greener alternatives to car journeys. The Noon Dispatch takes stock of the 5 key measures of this decree, applicable now for one part, from next year for another.

Compulsory ecological awareness

This is one of the measures that must be put in place as soon as possible. Each application will have to broadcast, each time a user searches for a route, ecological awareness messages. For example, you will see: “For short journeys, favor walking or cycling”, “consider carpooling” Where “going from 130 to 110 km/h on the motorway reduces your fuel consumption by 20%.” explains our colleagues from France Inter.

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The CO2 emissions of each journey displayed

As soon as they can, guidance applications will also have to provide information relating to the quantities of greenhouse gases and air pollutants emitted by the various possible modes of transport, for their route. The government asks that the quantities of CO2 used for each journey be specified to users as soon as they look for their route.

The specified carpooling or bicycle locations

Guidance services will now have to display carpooling areas or shared bicycle terminals on their maps. This measure must be applied by December 1, 2022 at the latest. From June 1, 2023, it will also be necessary to make various information easily accessible, such as traffic restrictions due to pollution.

The proposed 110km/h route before the 130km/h route

To arrive at the same destination several routes are possible. From now on, the applications will put forward an alternative route taking into account a reduction in the maximum speed of 20km / h on the portions concerned, even if the proposed routes are longer, explains La Croix. The goal ? Drive a little slower to pollute less.

Stop the massive use of secondary routes

Several French municipalities accuse Waze of clogging up certain routes offered in the application as an alternative to avoid traffic jams. The long-term objective is for these routes to be offered less. For this, the applications will only be able to offer a second route if the travel time is “reduced by at least 10% compared to the route maximizing the use of non-secondary routes”.

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