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In London, this shift is clear from data published by
. This sudden change coincided with the growing popularity of navigation apps like
Research shows this is most likely not coincidence. In an attempt to shave seconds off its users’ commutes, Google Maps is routing traffic through minor streets, once primarily used by local residents and delivery vehicles.
Traffic on these smaller streets has been shown to cause more accidents and lead to more pollution. Plus, it’s not clear that traffic is any less congested. Residents and councils are fighting back. Read my
story to find out the details: