Dn the general context of rising inflation, a new feature of Google Maps comes at the right time. As explained by our colleagues from Figaro, the American giant’s navigation application will now offer, in addition to the fastest route, route suggestions that will allow the user to use less fuel.
The economic route will obviously be a little longer, but the savings will be very real and concretely displayed by the application. About each journey, the user will thus be able to know what percentage of fuel he has not consumed compared to the fastest journey. The updates planned for the next few weeks go even further. The daily explains that Google Maps will also offer the driver to specify what type of vehicle he is using (diesel, gasoline, hybrid or electric) for finer estimates.
A significant reduction in CO emissions2
Google intends to produce its estimates using data collected through Google Maps, coupled with those of the European Environment Agency. Average speed on a particular road, relief, signage, “by combining this information, we have developed advanced machine learning models that we have trained according to the types of engines”, explains Google in a press release.
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Launched in Germany, Canada and the United States, this new tool “would have already led to a reduction of more than 500,000 tonnes of CO emissions2, the equivalent of 100,000 combustion engine cars withdrawn from circulation,” says Google. Cyclists are also entitled to a new feature, which provides more information on the use and terrain of cycle paths.
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