According to new research from the
University at Buffalo, it's possible for
drivers to cut their tailpipe emissions
without significantly slowing travel
In detailed computer simulations of
traffic in the Buffalo area, UB researchers found that green routing
could reduce overall emissions of carbon
monoxide by 27 percent for area drivers,
while increasing the length of trips by
an average of just 11 percent.
In many cases, simple changes yielded great gains. Funneling cars along surface streets
instead of freeways helped to limit fuel consumption, for instance.
In the near future, GPS navigation systems and online maps could play an important role
in promoting green routing. GPS systems could use transportation research to let drivers
choose an environmentally friendly route instead of the shortest route.
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