Skip to content

Google updates Maps, Search, Travel and Nest to enable sustainability

Google announced new features to Google Flights, Hotels, Maps and a new service called Nest Renew on Wednesday. These features aim to give users more information about the carbon footprint of their actions and hence, helping them make more sustainable choices. 

Users can now see the carbon emission per seat for every flight on Google Flights and choose lower-carbon options. When you’re booking hotels, you’ll also see information on their sustainability efforts, once again helping users pick a more eco-friendly option. The company also announced several other features on Wednesday.

Google Maps will let users choose the most fuel-efficient route if it isn’t already the fastest one on the navigation side of things. The feature will roll out for users in the US on Wednesday and will come to Europe in 2022. Maps also bring lite navigation for cyclists, making it easier to find bikes and scooter shares in over 300 cities worldwide. 

In the News: What caused the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage?


New measures to protect the planet

Here’s an in-depth breakdown of all the new features Google is putting out. 

Sustainable travel and shopping

Wednesday onwards, users can see carbon-emission information per seat on every flight in Google Flights. This helps users compare seat options and find a lower carbon-emitting one. Similarly, when booking hotels, users will now see a hotel’s sustainability effort information from waste reduction and water conservation measures to whether they’re Green Key or EarthCheck certified. 

Carbon Emissions per seat for every flight in Google Flights | Source: Google

Suggestions in the shopping tab on Google Search will now prioritise more cost-effective and sustainable options when looking for energy-intensive appliances like dishwashers, furnaces or water heaters. 


Smart homes get smarter

Google is also launching a new service called Nest Renew. This uses a feature called Energy Shift which helps compatible Nest thermostats automatically shift electricity usage for heating or cooling to times when energy is cleaner or less expensive. 

For people who want to do more, there’ a premium subscription for the same service called Renew Premium, which will match users’ fossil fuel electricity at home with renewable energy credits generated from the same projects in Google’s energy portfolio.


New ways to get around

As mentioned before, Google Maps will now find the most fuel-efficient way to get around in a car if it isn’t already the fastest one. The company estimates that this could save over one million tons of carbon emissions per year — the equivalent of removing over 200,000 cars from the road all while saving users money in terms of fuel costs. This feature will roll out in the US on Wednesday and will come to Europe in 2022. 

Users will now be able to see eco-friendly routes on Maps | Source: Google

Maps also introduces lite navigation for cyclists, making it easier to find bikes and scooter shares in over 300 cities worldwide. 

On Google Search, the company is also making it easier to see hybrid and electric vehicle options while comparing them to gas-powered equivalents and finding rebates, so users know the actual costs before making a decision. These features will start rolling out in the US later this year, with more coming in 2022. 

Google updates Maps, Search, Travel and Nest to enable sustainability
Google AI-based traffic light system | Source: Google

The company is also piloting research in Israel to predict traffic conditions and change the timing of traffic lights. So far, there’s a 10-20% reduction in fuel consumption and delay time at intersections, as noted by Google. This research is now expanding to Rio de Janerio and beyond. 


Cleaner clouds

Lastly, the company recently launched tools to help businesses choose cleaner regions to locate their Google Cloud resources. The company plans to announce more ways for companies to be sustainable at next week’s Google Cloud Next ’21. 

Google updates Maps, Search, Travel and Nest to enable sustainability
Companies can now see cleaner cloud options | Source: Google

In the News: Kaseya ransomware attack suspects from REvil arrested in Ukraine

Hello There!

If you like what you read, please support our publication by sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues. We're an ad-supported publication. So, if you're running an Adblocker, we humbly request you to whitelist us.

Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on linkedin
Share on pocket
Share on pinterest
Share on telegram
Share on stumbleupon
Share on digg
Share on tumblr
Share on email
Share on skype
Share on xing
Share on vk
Share on odnoklassniki
Share on mix








>