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Google Maps set up to tell drivers the route best suited to their car

Google Maps set up to tell drivers the route best suited to their car

Google is testing a new Maps update that can advise drivers on the most efficient route depending on the type of car they’re driving.

Users can specify the engine type of the vehicle they are driving, and the software will then map out the best route that will ‘save you the most fuel or energy’, depending on whether you are driving a petrol, diesel or hybrid electric vehicle. The update to Google Maps was first revealed by 9to5Google.comalthough the system is still under development.

The efficient route functionality will complement last year’s ‘eco-friendly routing’ feature, which aims to reduce motorists’ carbon footprint, sometimes at the expense of travel time. Currently, Google Maps lets drivers choose between the fastest and most direct routes, with an eco-friendly option that’s best for the environment. The upgrade will modify the route based on what powers the vehicle — a motor, batteries and electric motors — or a combination of both, according to This is money.

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The different types all have different ways of optimizing fuel and energy efficiency, meaning the routes offered to petrol and diesel car drivers can be very different from those offered to electric and hybrid vehicle owners. The system could also take into account how hilly a route is to determine if it is more efficient for the type of car being used, and the number of traffic lights on the route could also be taken into consideration, as stop-start journeys have a greater effect on the efficiency of petrol and diesel cars than electrified alternatives.

The update is likely to bring the most benefits to hybrid and EV drivers, and the more customized system is also likely to provide owners of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with the most range-efficient routes. 9to5Google.com expects the update to launch in the US in the coming weeks.

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