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Google Maps launches 'eco' route option for UK drivers to help save money and reduce emissions
7 September 2022, 16:53
Google Maps has rolled out its 'eco' option for UK drivers, allowing motorists to select the route that uses the least fuel to help them save money and reduce carbon emissions.
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The new feature will start being rolled out in nearly 40 countries across Europe today, including the UK.
It enables drivers to choose a route optimised for lower fuel consumption, even if it is not the fastest.
The update allows motorists to see the estimated fuel savings for the 'eco' route and compare the time difference to the fastest route.
Google says drivers can switch the feature off if they want their app to default to the quickest route.
Google said there had been a spike in searches for how to save fuel.
'How to save petrol while driving' has shot up by 140 per cent in the UK in 2022, whilst 'which driving technique can save fuel' has increased by 120 per cent.
The best way to save fuel varies on the type of car you have.
For example, diesel engines are normally more efficient at higher speeds, whilst hybrid and electric vehicles are the most efficient in stop-and-start traffic.
As a result, in order for the calculations to be accurate drivers must select the kind of engine they have - petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric - under 'route options'.
According to Statista's 2022 report, road transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions throughout Europe.
Google says the 'eco' route tool has already saved half a million metric tonnes of carbon emissions in the US and Canada.