Google Maps shows the routes that use the least gasoline

Google Maps eco routes

With the aim of minimizing fuel consumption and helping to save drivers money and reducing carbon emissions, Google Maps – which has recently introduced important new features – has extended its so-called “eco routes” to 40 countries in Europe, including Spain eco-routes.

Next to the shortest or fastest route Google Maps already allows you to select the most fuel-saving and environmentally friendly route

These Google Maps eco-routes add, along with options such as fastest route and shortest routein this case, the possibility of selecting the route that, depending on the type of vehicle engine, is the most fuel efficient. In this type of route, fuel savings are prioritized, although in some cases this may mean a longer journey time. This is an option that Google Maps already incorporated last year in the United States and that would have resulted in emissions savings equivalent to those of 100,000 cars.

Showing these different types of route the user will be able to select what is most convenient for him save time or save fuelhelping with the latter option to conserve the environment.

By defining his preferences the user indicates to Google Maps the type of routes he prefers to be shown. To do so, he must add information related to the engine type of your vehicle: gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, hybrid or electric.

The development of this type of route is based on data such as that provided by a report earlier this year from Statista that points to road transport as the largest source of carbon emissions in Europe.

On the other hand Google adds more information related to bicycle routes, location of chargers for electric vehicles as well as information about journeys by public transport. In the case of planning a route with an electric vehicle, Google Maps not only provides information on the location of charging points but also on their availability. Thus, if a charging point is being used, it will provide an alternative at another point, adjusting the route accordingly.

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