The function was launched in the US in October last year. Google Maps will allow you to plan a route that takes traffic into account and looks for the best fuel-saving destinations. Google says the feature will now be available in “nearly 40” European countries. However, the full list of countries has not been published. Google previously added this feature to maps of Canada and Germany, reports Engadget.
Eco routes are often not the fastest, so users will have to choose whether the speed is their priority. Google Maps will show both routes and by default will choose the more environmentally friendly option if the time difference is small. However, you can change the settings in the app for those who want to always use the fastest route by default.
Regardless of the country in which the feature is used, Google is also adding a new setting that allows the user to specify what type of vehicle they are using. It can be a gas or diesel car, a hybrid, or a fully electric car. This will affect specific directions. Google says the feature will be rolling out in the coming weeks.