La Nación / Google Maps indicates routes to save fuel

The company announced its new navigation mode that allows you to select three types of routes: the route without tolls, the fastest and the one that consumes less fuel. We tell you how they work.

The main tool of Google Maps is to recommend the paths to reach the destination, but the company decided to develop other alternatives as part of its plan called “ecological routes”, which is already being tested in the United States, Canada and Germany.

This new navigation mode will indicate which is the most efficient route in terms of fuel, above the speed that other shortcuts would have. The new method takes into account the type of vehicle engine, diesel, gasoline, hybrid or electric to calculate the route based on its consumption characteristics.

The multinational highlights that in addition to saving money on fuel, the new tool will help those users who want to reduce their carbon emissions. Initially, these functions will be extended to around 40 countries in Europe.

“Apart from the fastest route, Google Maps will also show you the one with the least fuel consumption (if it does not coincide with the fastest). With a few taps, you can see the relative fuel economy and the time difference between the two routes, and choose the one you prefer.

The app developed the new tool using data from the US Department of Energy and the European Environment Agency. “We have combined this information with driving trends from Google Maps and have developed advanced machine learning models, which we have trained with the most popular types of engines in each region,” he details.

Measures to increase this method of mobility are some of the most effective in reducing personal carbon footprint. In Germany, which established a flat rate of 9 euros, 1.8 million tons of CO2 were not emitted in the last three months, according to the Association of German Transport Companies, and in Spain the Government reduced the price starting this month 50% of state transport subscriptions and up to 30% regional and local ones.

Other innovations of Google Maps

The company also increased the information provided by its browser about other types of low-emission mobility. In July it did so with the bicycle routes, in which it currently allows calculating not only the fastest but also the one with the most bike lane sections or the fewest turns.

In the case of electric vehicles, it added information on where charging points can be found and, in some cases, what type of connector they have and how many are available at the time. In turn, he also expanded the data he offers on public transport, of which he barely included information during his early years.

Given the positive results of the new functions and the needs of eco-friendly factors, Google Maps does not download to reach all countries and provide a safe and reliable service when you need to reach your destination.

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La Nación / Google Maps indicates routes to save fuel