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New function on Google Maps: the app will soon show fuel-saving routes


Expensive fuel and inflation weigh on consumers. The fuel-saving function from Google Maps comes in handy, but there is also criticism.

Expensive fuel and inflation weigh on consumers.

The fuel-saving function from Google Maps comes in handy, but there is also criticism.

California – Factors such as the war in Ukraine, the consequences of more than two years of coronavirus pandemic, but also the gas supply bottlenecks from Russia are causing consumer prices in Germany to explode.

In July, too, inflation was over seven percent, which was primarily reflected in the prices for food, energy and fuel.

"The euro will be the new lira," wrote a Facebook user about the inflation boom in Germany.

Google Maps will be expanded to include an option for users who want to save fuel

And from the point of view of experts, an easing of the situation is not foreseeable.

On the contrary, according to a study, many everyday products will soon become even more expensive.

“So the worst is yet to come for households,” said Aurélien Duthoit, senior economist and industry expert at Allianz Trade, who was involved in the study.

For many consumers, saving is therefore a priority, and Google Maps can also help with this recently.

According to reports from


, the well-known online map service is being expanded to include a new function that can help save money.

The navigation app is already showing the quickest and shortest route – and soon also the one where you use the least fuel.

According to Google, all Maps users should be able to use the function from August 15, 2022. An update to a new version is not necessary, according to the US tech company.

Traffic conditions, geography, fuel - Google Maps uses precise data

As soon as the function is available, a fuel-saving route will be offered as a third option in addition to the fastest and shortest route in the Google app, which the user can select manually.

In addition to this route, the app shows how big the savings potential is in percent.

In other words, the user can then decide for himself whether he accepts the slightly longer travel time or prefers to choose the fastest route.

As a basis for the calculation, Google uses the consumption data of vehicles, "which reflect the German average and the usual traffic patterns here," reports



In addition, some geographic data such as gradients or the current traffic situation are included in the calculation for the fuel-saving route.

If you want to adjust the new function of the navigation app even more precisely to your own vehicle, you can also enter your own data.


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Google is convinced: "More than half a million tons of CO₂ saved!"

In the options you can select which drive your own vehicle has.

In addition to petrol and diesel, there is also a choice of electric or hybrid.

But even if you also provide this information, the calculated savings values ​​are always just forecasts.

Driving style, speed, weather or the number of red lights - these are all factors that affect fuel consumption, but which Google cannot calculate.

Nevertheless, the new function in Google Maps can provide orientation and create incentives, so that you drive on country roads instead of the motorway.

This sometimes takes a little more time, but saves fuel.

In any case, Google itself is firmly convinced of the new function.

In the USA, for example, the fuel-saving routes have meanwhile “saved more than half a million tons of CO₂,” reports the California-based tech company.


The new function is not yet available for all users, but it should be available across the board from mid-August.

© Screenshot: Google Maps/BW24

Criticism on Facebook - "CO₂-friendly route is 100 percent home office!"

Some users on Facebook are less convinced.

"So just nonsense, what comes in the update," said a user.

Right, added another user, who said: When choosing the route, the fastest or the shortest route to the destination is important.

"The most CO₂-friendly route to work is 100 percent home office or Hartz IV." Other users find this option superfluous and would like other functions for Google Maps instead.

"I would be happy if you could change the unsympathetic voice," commented one user.

And another wrote: "What I would like as a parcel driver would be to display the total travel time with stops." But there are also social media users who already use and praise the fuel-saving function.

"Absolutely great.

Just using it on a US tour.

Everything else that is written here is absolute nonsense.”

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Source: merkur

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