Google Maps eco-friendly directions are coming to 40 European countries

Last October, Google Maps added new, eco-friendly directions. In the US, you could pull a driving route that takes things like traffic jams and inclines into account to find the directions that are best for your fuel economy. As part of a handful of Maps announcements, Google says the feature will be available in “almost 40” European countries, although we haven’t been given a list of where it will be available everywhere. Google previously added the feature to maps in Canada and Germany.

Just like in the US, these routes are often not the fastest, so you’ll have to decide if speed is your top priority. It will show you both routes and will default to the more eco-friendly option if the time difference is small. However, if you always want to default to the quickest route, you can do so in the Google Maps settings.

Google Maps eco-friendly routes


Whether you use this feature in the US, Canada, or Europe, Google is also adding a new setting that lets you tell the app what time you’re driving the vehicle. You can indicate whether your car runs on petrol (or diesel), is a hybrid or an all-electric vehicle. That will affect each direction, although we can’t yet say how different they will be. As is often the case with Google updates, the company says this new feature will roll out in the coming weeks.

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