Waze, Google Maps, TomTom… guidance applications (GPS) must go green

To support the transition of uses towards a carbon-free mobilitythe government has decided, through the Climate and Resilience Law, to better regulate the information provided by the guidance apps such as Waze, Google Maps, TomTom Navigation but also the in-vehicle navigation systems. New obligations will gradually be imposed on these cartography specialists. In particular, they are already required to inform users of the characteristics of low-emission zones (zones, exceptions, restrictions) in accordance with the data available on the national access point: transport.data.gouv.fr.

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For environmental awareness and more modal shift

Among the new features to come will also have to appear clearly environmental trip information offered to users: quantity of greenhouse gases (CO2) and other air pollutants (notably PM10). For routes including sections of road with a speed greater than or equal to 110 km/h, digital services must offer their users a alternative route taking into account a drop in speed of 20 km/h on these portions.

For encourage modal shift, awareness messages to promote the use of active or shared mobility will appear. Thus, you should regularly see phrases such as ” going from 130 to 110 km/h on the motorway reduces your fuel consumption by 20% », « for short journeys, favor walking or cycling “, Where ” on a daily basis, take public transport » with the #SeDéplacerMoinsPolluer. The proposal of alternatives to the individual use of the vehicle (integration of data relating to the cycle network, carpooling areas and parking, sharing of vehicles, cycles and other personal transport devices) is also on the program for 2023.

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The decree also provides regulatory measures aimed at alleviating certain difficulties observed by local authorities concerning compliance with traffic restrictions for heavy goods vehicles, and phenomena of massive transfer of traffic in areas not provided for this purpose. It is thus planned to constitute a database relating to the hierarchy of the road network, in order to qualify the secondary character or not of a road section. Information that will now be mandatory to take into account in their route calculations.

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