By tailoring Maps to cater to different types of vehicles, Google Maps seems to be working in tandem with the increasing number of electric or hybrid vehicles and volatile oil prices.
A wave of delight for electric car and hybrid car owners comes amid the likelihood of the launch of a new feature on Google Maps that would offer better energy-efficient routes.
According to 9to5google, “the latest beta update to Google Maps, version 11.39, includes preparations to specify the engine type of the vehicle you’re currently driving.” The options include gas, diesel, electric, and hybrid and will be used by Google Maps to “tailor” navigation, and in turn, find the most fuel-efficient route.
“As the functionality is only just beginning to appear in beta testing, drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles will likely still have to wait a few more weeks to experience the tweaks Google Maps will make to their drive,” the report added.
Last year, the web mapping platform launched a feature that permitted vehicle owners to choose the most fuel-efficient and environment-friendly way. But, not all cars are the same and eco-friendly routes for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, or gas and diesel cars, might not necessarily be equally efficient for vehicles with electric engines.
Given the company’s environmental consciousness, it has already been providing fuel-efficient routes based on criteria like traffic congestion. And with this feature for EVs and hybrid vehicles, the multinational tech giant further aims to expand its mapping services to provide the quickest route with the lowest carbon footprint.
By tailoring Maps to cater to different types of vehicles, Google seems to be working in tandem with the increasing number of electric or hybrid vehicles and volatile oil prices. Amid skyrocketing inflation, the move can also be seen as easy on the pocket too!