The Google Maps mapping service is enriched with a new feature that signals the presence of a regulated urban area where restrictions apply to the most polluting vehicles. Motorists can then opt for another mode of transport or change their route.
If you are traveling inin the French capital, you will now be able to know the so-called “low mobility ”and adapt your trajectory accordingly, or even opt for another mode of transport. To receive these alerts, go to . The American giant has just launched this new feature in Paris, as well as in other major European cities.
Motorists are no doubt aware that many cities have implemented measuresaimed at reducing pollution and improving the quality of in urban areas. Since June 1, 2021, for example, vehicles with unclassified categories (Crit’Air 5 and Crit’Air 4) have been prohibited from driving throughout Paris, on specific days and times.
To facilitate the driver’s experience and encourage them to use other modes of transport,launches the “alert of regulated zones” functionality. “Drivers will be able in particular to know if their vehicle is authorized in a specific zone and, if necessary, they will be able to fall back on another mode of transport or another route”, explains the American company.
Low emission zones in 250 cities around the world
Paris is not the only city where users will be able to test this new functionality: these alerts are also deployed in Berlin, Barcelona, London and Amsterdam. And for good reason: according to a report bypublished in September 2020, nearly 250 cities in Europe and others around the world have established low-emission mobility zones. All have the same objective: to limit the access of the most polluting vehicles in urban areas.
These new alerts are part of a series of new features announced a few months earlier by, presented as tools to help us adopt an eco-responsible lifestyle. For example by locating the points of located near home or by identifying the routes with the smallest footprint (taking into account specific indications such as traffic jam areas or slopes).