Google Maps: energy-saving route planning launches in Germany
Germany is the first country in Europe where Google shows energy-saving routes in Google Maps. Others are to follow.
Google Maps: fuel-saving route planning launches in Germany
Germany is the first country in Europe where Google displays energy-saving routes in Google Maps. Others are to follow.
In the USA, the new route options have saved half a million tonnes of CO₂ so far, according to Google. This is said to correspond to about 100,000 cars that have "disappeared". The goal is to save more than one million tonnes of CO₂ emissions worldwide with the feature.
A little longer on the road, but use less fuel
In addition to the fastest route, Google Maps will in future also show you an alternative route on which you consume less fuel. In the example, the journey time is extended from 50 to 53 minutes, with a saving of up to 18 per cent on petrol. Given the current price increases in energy costs, this is an option well worth considering.
In addition to the length of the route, Google also takes into account the road gradient, road type and congestion, as well as the average fuel consumption for vehicles in the region. You should also be able to specify whether you are driving a diesel, petrol, hybrid or electric car.
All you need to do is enter the number of kilometres you are driving.
According to Google, the energy-saving routes are available immediately in Germany. However, it could still take several weeks before they are available to all Google Maps users. For cross-border routes, the fuel-saving suggestions only appear if the tour starts in Germany. However, Google is planning to expand the service to other countries.
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