Google is expanding Maps’ eco-friendly routing mode, rolling out the feature in dozens of European countries and making it even more powerful by letting you choose what type of fuel your car runs on.
Originally launched in the US and Canada last year, the feature highlights routes that use less energy if they have the same ETA as other alternative routes. Starting today, Google said it will be available to users in “nearly 40” European countries, including France, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the UK. (It was introduced in Germany last month.)
Google is also adding the ability to tell Maps if your car has a diesel, gas, hybrid or electric powertrain, so it can find the most efficient route for your particular type of vehicle and provide more accurate estimates of how eco-efficient it is. A friendly way. The system is built on information gathered from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the European Environment Agency, combined with Google Maps driving trends to train machine learning models based on the most popular engines in given regions.
Using an example from Google’s blog post, this means that people with diesel-powered vehicles will be directed on a high-speed freeway where their engines are most efficient, while those with a hybrid or electric vehicle can get directions including surface streets. There they can take better advantage of reproductive braking.