In the next weeks, Google Maps will offer more environmentally friendly route alternatives that factor in gasoline and energy costs based on the users of the vehicles are driving, the firm announced in a blog post on Tuesday.
The new function in Maps lets users predicts how much gas, diesel, hybrid, or electricity will be used on a specific route based on the type of car they are driving. People can opt for the quicker route instead of the more fuel-efficient one if the two are significantly different in terms of travel time. In other words, you can only use this function on your mobile device.
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, last year saw the debut of eco-friendly driving routes. Now available in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Poland, Spain, and more than 30 more European nations thanks to Google’s latest expansion.
Google also included a traffic forecast widget on Android phones earlier this year so that users could monitor the current traffic situation right from their home screen.
Big tech businesses like Google are trying to reduce their carbon footprint by inviting their consumers along for the ride, and Google Maps is getting in on the action. Google has pledged to eradicate its total carbon footprint by 2020 and is utilizing artificial intelligence to assist governments in doing so.
With the goal of reducing e-waste, Apple has announced that it will be carbon neutral by 2030 and will no longer include chargers with iPhones sent after 2020. Some have criticized the aggressiveness of these carbon reduction goals, saying that they rely too heavily on the sale of renewable energy certificates and power purchase agreements.
How to Set Vehicle Type in Google Maps
There are only a few quick taps required to configure your car type in Google Maps on a mobile device.
- Enter your destination
- Tap on the three dots on the upper right-hand side
- Tap Route options
- Make sure Prefer fuel-efficient routes are selected
- Tap on Engine type
- Choose the type of vehicle