Saving fuel with Google Maps is now possible: this is how it works

From now on it is possible to select environmentally friendly routes in Google Maps. In addition to the fastest route, you can also choose to travel a little longer, but save (a lot of) fuel.

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Eco-friendly routes Google Maps

From now on, the roll-out of a nice Google Maps update will start regarding environmental friendliness. If you are traveling by car and are looking for a route with the navigation app, you will see a new option. So you can choose not only the fastest route, but also the most economical.

You can set in Maps what type of car you have and routes are further calculated on that. You can choose from petrol, diesel, gas, hybrid and of course electric. Google then takes the engine type into account. For example, engines that run on diesel are often more efficient at higher speeds, while frequent acceleration and braking work better in hybrid or electric vehicles.

This is how the environmentally friendly routes in Google Maps work

The search giant says that choosing environmentally friendly routes in Maps is the result of several collaborations. For example, we work with the European Environment Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboraty from the United States.

Information from these institutes is linked to driving trends from Google Maps, after which models are developed. Factors to consider include road type, speed limits, fuel or battery consumption, traffic patterns, or road grade.

New in Google Maps: eco-friendly routes

Availability of eco-friendly routes Maps

The Google Maps feature is rolling out to users starting today, but it could take a few weeks for everyone to get started. In addition to the Android app, there will also be updates for Maps on iOS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Do you see something in this option or are you afraid that everyone will choose a certain route, which will not only increase the travel time, but also increase your consumption? Let us know in the comments below this article!

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