Google Maps will soon suggest ‘eco-friendly routes’ by default

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Google Maps gets a new feature that encourages drivers to make greener journeys.

The app will soon default to show the route with the lowest carbon footprint, provided it has roughly the same ETA as the fastest path.

The new route model analyzes data such as road inclination and traffic congestion to optimize fuel consumption.

When the green route significantly increases the journey time, you will be able to compare the CO2 impact between different routes. If you prefer to prioritize speed, you can adjust your preferences in settings to show the fastest route by default (just know that Mother Earth will be disappointed).

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Google said the feature will launch in the United States on iOS and Android later this year, “with global expansion underway.”

Credit: Google