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Google Maps update brings fuel and energy estimates based on your vehicle type

Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly routing options to calculate fuel and energy costs based on the types of vehicles people are driving in the coming weeks, the company said in a blog post Tuesday.

This feature allows users to choose the type of vehicle they are driving – whether it is petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric – in Maps and get an estimate of the amount of fuel or energy that will be consumed on a given route. If the most fuel-efficient route is not the fastest, people can choose the fastest instead. This feature is limited to mobile.

Eco-responsible routes were introduced last year, allowing people to choose the most fuel-efficient drive. Google is now extending this feature to 40 countries in Europe, including France, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Earlier this year, Google also added a traffic forecast widget on android phonesallowing users to see current traffic conditions on their home screen.

Google’s push to add eco-friendly features to Maps comes as big tech companies aim to cut emissions, while bringing customers with them. Google said it eliminated all its carbon heritage in 2020 and uses AI to help governments reduce carbon. Apple said it plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 and stopped shipping iPhones with chargers in 2020, saying he wants to reduce e-waste. While these carbon targets are ambitious, some have pointed to the overuse of renewable energy certificates or power purchase agreements to buy clean energy credits that offset polluting emissions.

How to Set Vehicle Type in Google Maps

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Setting up your vehicle type in Google Maps only takes a few steps on mobile devices.

1. Enter your destination

2. Tap the three points top right

3. Faucet Route options

4. Make sure Prefer fuel-efficient routes is selected

5. Press on Type of engine

6. Choose the type of vehicle


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