Waze or Google Maps should now save you time

Waze or Google Maps should now save you time

All applications for the “service of digital assistance for transport” and work as GPS, such as Waze, or Google Maps, Plans, Mappy, City Cartographer or hello RATP, must since the publication of decree n ° 2022_1119 eco certification – more responsibility.

This decree follows the vote of the Climate Law in August 2021, and was published in the Official Journal on August 5 for application, with certain measures, from August 6. It aims to standardize the information sent to users, but above all to encourage all these uses , which are now widely used, do ecological prevention, and provide green alternatives to their users.

This involves several incentives or obligations.

1/ Ecological awareness message

Each application will have to announce, every time the user searches for a route, messages of the type: “For short journeys, prefer walking or cycling”, “consider driving together”, or even “pass from 130 km/h to 110 km/h on the road main reduces your fuel consumption by 20%. And the signature of #Sedeplacermoinspolluer is visible. A message that we have already seen for some, in television broadcasts since March 1, 2022. This message will have to be placed “as soon as possible” by the program.

2/ If the journey has a section at a speed of 110 or 130 km/h, an alternative route must be proposed.

When you drive slowly, you pollute less. This evidence must be translated into practice by the obligation to propose an alternative route, with a maximum speed of 20 km/h, each time the shortest or fastest route has one or more sections at 110 km/h or more (130 km/h). . h). This is why this command will need, as the title says, to give up wasting your time. This alternative route must also be given priority, before the fastest or shortest route.

3/ Divert drivers from secondary lanes

This may seem counterintuitive, but some municipalities accuse driving assistance applications of blocking secondary roads to avoid traffic congestion on the main roads. Sometimes you only get a few minutes or seconds at the end. Therefore, applications will be able to provide these secondary routes only if the time saving is at least 10% compared to the route using the highway.

4/ Show CO2 and emissions for the planned trip

The decree imposes an obligation to inform the user, as soon as he requests a route, on the amount of pollution emitted by the various transport modes possible for the trip. Be it CO2 (greenhouse gases) and even other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter.

5/ Show green alternatives

Finally, the applications will have to show on their maps the ZFEs (areas of limited mobility production), but also, from December 2022, cycle paths, car and parking spaces, available public transport. And from December 2023, all alternative means of personal mobility (car sharing, cycles, light mopeds, private transport vehicles, or walking).

For users of these programs who want to benefit from these developments as soon as possible, updates must be made regularly. For Google Maps or Waze, updates to their servers should be enough to provide this new information. For those suffering, not updating may postpone the last date of appearance of this mandatory message, but they will not cut it, in the medium term.