What will this update mean for Google Maps users?
Fuel-efficient routes will first launch in the U.S. on Android and iOS later this year, and Australia will be included in the overall international rollout.
“Soon, Google Maps will default to the route with the lowest carbon footprint when it has approximately the same ETA as the fastest route,” said Dean Glasgow, Google Maps’ VP of Product in a recent Google Blog.
“In cases where the eco-friendly route could significantly increase your ETA, we’ll let you compare the relative CO2 impact between routes so you can choose,” Glasgow said.
This update will make it easier for drivers to opt for the most fuel-efficient and eco-friendly route to their destination. The most fuel-efficient route may take less time, the same time, or more time — it all depends on your surroundings.
A GIF in the Google Blog shows a screenshot of the eco-friendly update. In this example, we can see that taking the most fuel-efficient route would reduce the drivers CO2 emissions by 8%! This route, despite being two minutes longer, may avoid inclines or heavy traffic that use up lots of fuel. This update will be good for the planet, and maybe even good for your wallet!