Google Maps Newest Update Helps You Save Fuel: Here's How It Works

In a bid to make travel more eco-friendly, Google Maps has rolled out its ‘fuel saving’ feature in India. Initially launched in September 2022 for users in the US, Canada, and Europe, the app now helps Indian motorists find the most fuel-efficient routes.

What to know: When activated, this smart feature calculates the fuel or energy consumption potential for different routes based on the type of engine powering your vehicle. It juggles real-time traffic updates and road conditions to suggest a route that's not only quick but also kinder to your wallet and the environment. For those in a rush, turning off this feature will guide you via the fastest route, sans the fuel-saving algorithm.

To access this savvy tool, simply dive into the Google Maps app’s settings. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Step 1: Open Google Maps and tap your profile icon.
  • Step 2: Navigate to Settings and select Navigation.
  • Step 3: Find “Route options” and opt for fuel-efficient routing.
  • Step 4: Specify your engine type under Engine type to fine-tune suggestions.

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Tailored for Your Vehicle: Whether you’re driving a petrol beast, a diesel workhorse, a hybrid, or an all-electric machine, Google Maps has got you covered. Hybrids and EVs will enjoy optimized routes that leverage regenerative braking, especially in the city's stop-and-go rhythm and on hilly terrains.

Google sets petrol as the default engine choice, given its widespread use. For electric vehicle owners, note that the suggested energy-efficient routes won’t point you to charging stations. So, before you hit the road, ensure your battery’s charged or you know your charging spots.

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