Google Maps Rolls Out New Eco Friendly Routing Feature

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IN PHOTO: People look at a view of Google Maps on the new ''iPad'' during the launch of Apple's new tablet computing device in San Francisco, California Reuters/Kimberly White

Google announced on Wednesday that it has rolled out its Eco-friendly routing feature, to help people navigate their most emission-conscious route.

The feature “optimizes for lower fuel consumption based on factors like road incline and traffic congestion,” which has mapped out through a collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab.

“In addition to showing the fastest route, will also display the one that's the most fuel-efficient, if it doesn’t happen to also be the fastest. With just a few taps, you can see the relative fuel savings and ETA difference between the two routes and choose the one that works best for you,” according to Google's release.

Google made a commitment to launch this feature in September 2020.

Users can find the eco-friendliest route on by looking for a small green leaf next to the directions offered. Google says that this will be beneficial for lowering emissions and saving drivers money on gas.

Google claims that the eco-friendly routing has the potential to prevent more than one million tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere per year. Google says this would be equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from the road.

Google will be updating its bike and scooter share information alongside the eco-friendly routing to encourage lowering emissions. This will allow users to better navigate bike routes through the app along with important information about their route. A partnership with multiple scooter companies will allow users to be able to map out where they can find scooter docking stations.

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