Google Maps with more energy-efficient travel advice

Google is rolling out an update to Maps in which it gives drivers the option to choose more energy-efficient routes. More miles, less fuel.

In recent weeks, the Maps techs have already tested the operation of the ‘green’ navigation option in the US. This week the rollout started to Europe. Drivers must explicitly indicate their interest in this option. If they don’t, Maps simply gives the fastest route in terms of time.

The green suggestion, graphically indicated by a tree leaf, is not a novelty this time around, which the Maps team takes over from Waze. Google bought the Israeli Waze in 2013 and kept the app at bay. This one is more community driven and the best ideas there are carried over into Maps. Not this time.

Google is collaborating on the realization with the US Department of Energy (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and data from the European Environment Agency.

Photo: Ivan Radic (cc)


Source: Mobile – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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