Greater Victoria drivers can now find the most fuel-efficient route on Google Maps – Saanich News
As already high gas prices in British Columbia have become more volatile since Russia invaded Ukraine, a new service could help drivers make the most of every drop in their tank.
Google Maps now offers an “eco route”, which it says will get users to their destination quickly, but also optimize fuel consumption. A route search on Google Maps will now display the most fuel-efficient route for drivers, with a leaf symbol used to identify that route.
The service launched in Canada at the end of March after its first release in the United States last fall. The web company hopes this feature will help reduce air pollution and help drivers save money. He estimates that an eco-friendly route could avoid more than a million metric tons of carbon emissions each year, which Google says is equivalent to taking 200,000 internal combustion engine vehicles off the road.
The most efficient route also shows the percentage of fuel the driver would save by taking it. In a test, a Black Press Media reporter found that the two most popular ways to get to and from work used 5% more fuel than the suggested route.
Google says the most fuel-efficient routes typically include those with consistent speeds, less traffic, and few hills.
Google Maps also now gives electric vehicle drivers the ability to find charging stations and see, in real time, whether a charger is in use.
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