News | Google Maps: a new feature displays fuel savings based on the route

To connect point A to point B by car, choosing the fastest route often seems the most logical. But, if another route saves fuel although longer, opting for this one could prove interesting.

In around forty European countries including France, Google Maps now offers this functionality by displaying the differences in consumption between routes. “These more eco-responsible alternatives are also a good way to save money by reducing fuel consumption in addition to CO2 emissions.“, explains Google in a press release.

In the coming weeks, users will also be able to enter the type of engine of their vehicle (gasoline, diesel, hybrid, electric) to have more suitable calculations.

To calculate these estimates, the Internet giant coupled data from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the European Environment Agency with traffic patterns observed by Google Maps. The topography of the road is taken into account, but also the gradients, speed limits, etc.

This option, available since 2020 in the United States and Canada would, according to the group, “already led to a reduction of more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions“.

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