Google Maps will no longer prioritize the fastest route, it will be the greenest.
Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the best options to move around and find a route to any destination, whether on foot, by bicycle or by car. However, it has just introduced a novelty that will stop showing the fastest route by default.
Normally, when we search for the route to a destination in Google Maps, or in any other map app, several alternatives appear. The app selects the fastest route by default, which usually coincides with the one with the least km.
However, Google will implement by default other types of routes that were presented a few months ago: ecological routes. These routes are calculated based on fuel consumption, taking into account factors such as traffic congestion or the incline of the road.
The default route of Google Maps will be the most ecological
Google Maps will give priority to the greenest routes over the fastest and it will be the route displayed by default, unless the time difference is too high.
Google says this change could save the emission of more than a million tons of carbon every year. In addition, you will be able to see the fuel savings by choosing the greenest route instead of the fastest.
We estimate that eco-routes have the potential to prevent more than a million tons of carbon emissions per year, that is equivalent to removing more than 200,000 cars from the road
These calculations have been made thanks to the artificial intelligence of Google itself and the ideas of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (NREL) of the Department of Energy.
Google Maps has already started implementing the default eco-routes in the United States in your Android and iOS app, and you have plans to expand it to Europe throughout 2022.
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