The order will force GPS apps to inform users about their carbon footprint while driving. In addition, they will have to show low-emission zones (ZFE) and suggest fuel-efficient alternatives… or disturb the residents of the normally quieter areas.
Large GPS applications will have to incorporate new functionality, and rather quickly. By the end of the year, Waze, Google Maps and even Maps will have to try to inform users of their “carbon” impact when traveling by motorized vehicle. For drivers, this means that every time you plan a route on your favorite app, you will have new information and advice to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions, which will also be shown to you based on a calculation that will be “made public” soon. . It will take into account everything: from oil extraction / cleaning to the use of your car. For others, this is how it will happen in practice.
Many changes to the program
The decree signed and put forward by the Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne but also Agnes Pannier-Runacher and Christophe Bechu, provides big changes to Waze and Google Maps. Here is the list, which is quite long:
- Make accessible to their users awareness messages about alternative ways of using a particular vehicle;
- By 1 December 2022, integrate all data on scheduled transport services
- By December 1, 2023 at the latest, integrate all data on car-sharing services, cycles, light modes, personal mobility devices, or walking, available in the aforementioned national coverage area;
In fact, the app will have to show the user “carbon” alternatives to make his trip. Whether in a private car, or by shared transportation (Waze already offers “Wazecarpool), or even by bicycle. “Digital support services are required to signal to its users include at least the information included in the related database. to areas with low productivity of migration”. In other words, you will be warned if, on your way, you cross the EPZ. Practical, especially in this national mess where all major cities have different schedules.
Finally, one line does not go unnoticed: “digital travel assistance services ensure that this information is always taken into account in the itinerary proposal sent to the user. In particular, in traffic situations not related to road events on non-secondary roads, transport digital support services Try to give the user a way to avoid heavy use of roads not intended for heavy trafficespecially by ensuring that the remaining travel time is reduced by at least 10% compared to the route that increases the use of non-secondary roads”.
In fact, this is to prevent the app from sending users a little too easily onto secondary roads and areas where traffic is usually light. Because of Waze, in particular, many quiet areas have seen increased traffic, with motorists being guided by Waze onto these secondary roads.