Quantifying the sustainability impact of Google Maps: A case study of Salt Lake City [article]

Neha Arora, Theophile Cabannes, Sanjay Ganapathy, Yechen Li, Preston McAfee, Marc Nunkesser, Carolina Osorio, Andrew Tomkins, Iveel Tsogsuren
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Google Maps uses current and historical traffic trends to provide routes to drivers. In this paper, we use microscopic traffic simulation to quantify the improvements to both travel time and CO_2 emissions from Google Maps real-time navigation. A case study in Salt Lake City shows that Google Maps users are, on average, saving 1.7 we restrict to the users for which Google Maps finds a different route than their original route, the average savings are 3.4 12.5 during the Covid-19 pandemic. As
more » ... gestion gradually builds back up to pre-pandemic levels, it is expected to lead to even greater savings in emissions.
arXiv:2111.03426v1 fatcat:xpyccmfb7jeznn3bwztue4eami