Technology News: Can Your Smartphone Help the Environment?

1 09 2011

Smartphones have become a universally necessary product for most people. People who love their phones seemingly cannot part with them for even a moment! Now, when speaking about technology and electronic devices, many people probably don’t see that cell phones could be assisting the environment in any way. However, a new study has shown that there are ways these products can help us manage our energy resources.

A recent article from the Environmental News Network reports:

In July, at the Association for Computing Machinery‚Äôs MobiSys conference, researchers from MIT and Princeton University took the best-paper award for a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on car dashboards to collect information about traffic signals and tell drivers when slowing down could help them avoid waiting at lights. By reducing the need to idle and accelerate from a standstill, the system saves gas: In tests conducted in Cambridge, Mass., it helped drivers cut fuel consumption by 20 percent. Cars are responsible for 28 percent of the energy consumption and 32 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, says Emmanouil Koukoumidis, a visiting researcher at MIT who led the project. “If you can save even a small percentage of that, then you can have a large effect on the energy that the U.S. consumes,” Koukoumidis says.

Who knew that our phones could also help promote greener living? Very exciting stuff.

Can you think of any additional ways that smartphones (or other popular electronic devices) could help the environment? Are there any Apps available that you’d recommend for others interested in green living?


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2 responses to “Technology News: Can Your Smartphone Help the Environment?”

8 09 2011
Terry | Canvas Prints Brisbane (20:25:37) :

There are outstanding apps on Smartphones in Europe for Carpooling which is certainly the most direct way I’ve seen of people saving on harmful car exhausts. Wish there was one like it in Australia.

Terry.

30 09 2011
Willy (12:26:35) :

Hey friend, Well put together blog. I will post a link on my facebook page.

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