Google Maps introduces eco-friendly routing, helps save fuel

Google suggests that using the new feature could help reduce up to 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Google Maps has introduced a new feature update on its mobile application which helps motorists save fuel and also reduce emissions.

The new feature called ‘eco-friendly routing’ showcases motorists the best route to take in order to save the maximum fuel possible. While the new route might take a longer time to travel, it is said to offer the best fuel-saving benefits.

In case of multiple routes being displayed, the application will provide the relative fuel savings for each route, along with the ETA difference for each. The ‘eco-friendly routing’ option will be designated by a green leaf. However, users can also disable the feature completely if required, with the Maps then displaying just the traditional ‘fastest’ route option.

Google suggests that using the new feature could help reduce up to 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to removing 2 lakh cars from the road.

Google states that the new feature uses AI and insights from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to figure out every conceivable route to a specific destination.

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