Deutsche Telekom has partnered with a federal government agency to trial technology designed to cut CO2 emissions in major cities in emerging markets.
The alliance with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) aims to provide drivers with information on the location of major CO2 build-ups, using a combination of IT, mobile communications and satellite positioning data, to help them avoid traffic jams.
The technology allows car drivers to call up real-time CO2 data on mapping services including Google Maps via a smartphone or navigation device to help plan their route.
“We measure the CO2 emissions of individual vehicles while on the move and can dynamically record pollutant distributions in a megacity," Deutsche Telekom spokesman Kemal Ayyildiz explained.
A pilot will be conducted in Beijing and Shanghai after successful tests of the technology on the shuttle fleet used at Expo 2010.
Deutsche Telekom said the information will also be used by haulage firms and traffic authorities.
The GTZ operates globally on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other government departments.