Google Maps Update Brings Fuel and Energy Estimates Based on Your Vehicle Type
Eco-friendly routing is also expanding to Europe.
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Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly route options to calculate fuel and energy costs based on the types of vehicles people drive in the coming weeks, the company said in a blog post Tuesday.
The feature allows people to pick the type of vehicle they're driving -- whether it be gas, diesel, hybrid or electric -- in Maps and get an estimate on how much fuel or energy will be consumed on a given route. If the most fuel-efficient route doesn't happen to be the fastest, people can choose the faster one instead. This feature is limited to mobile.
Eco-friendly routes were introduced last year, letting people pick the drive that was the most fuel efficient. Google is now expanding this feature to 40 countries in Europe, including France, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the UK. Earlier this year, Google also added a traffic prediction widget to Android phones, letting people see current traffic conditions on their home screen.