The famous navigation application evolves and takes into account the evolution of its users. Are more of them driving electric cars? Google Maps will offer them dedicated paths.
The new version of Google Maps in beta, version 11.39, includes a new navigation filter that should delight owners of hybrid and electric cars. Indeed, Google’s mapping application will soon offer to define your route according to your charging needs. How ? Thanks to a sorting filter in the options which will allow you to specify the type of engine of your vehicle (fuel, hybrid, or 100% electric).
The application offered as a novelty to “find routes according to your type of engine” or even “to save energy by choosing your type of engine”. According to their information, this new option would not be as extensive as a dedicated application (in which the vehicle model and the capacity of its battery are entered). Nevertheless, this is an important shift for Google that sticks to the energy transition initiated by car manufacturers.
Will Google Maps be useful in an electric car?
Will Google Maps win back the hearts of electric vehicle owners? Indeed, due to the lack of consideration of their specificity, some of them have turned to other solutions. For a route calculation taking into account the autonomy capacities of a vehicle, the solutions are not legion. Most often there’s the in-vehicle OS, which proves oddly optimistic about its own performance. There are also dedicated applications such as Chargemap or the essential ABRP (A better Route Planner). It is these two and particularly ABRP that we use during our tests of long journeys in 100% electric vehicles.
As it stands, despite its awareness, Google Maps does not yet appear able to compete with a dedicated application. Nevertheless, with its popularity and the quality of its navigation, the Google application could still appeal, before improving further on the needs of electric cars?
Google Maps: soon, routes optimized for gasoline, diesel, electric, or hybrid engines
While saving the planet, Google Maps tries to save you money. Last year, in the United States, Google launched a feature of its navigation app that allows the user to know the route that consumes the least fuel. And this year, the firm is extending this functionality to Europe.
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More precisely, the site found text that could be used by the Google Maps app later, when this new feature is deployed.
” New! Get fuel-efficient routes tailored to your vehicle’s engine type,” reads one of those strings.
While the current feature doesn’t take engine type into account, Google would promise even more savings by specifying the engine type. The options, in the selection, would be: petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid.
Unfortunately, at the moment it is not known when this novelty will be available. And it is likely that we are still several weeks away from the announcement. In any case, this news should delight drivers as well, regardless of the type of engine.
“In addition to showing the fastest route, Google Maps will also show the most fuel-efficient route, if not also the fastest. With a few clicks, you can see the relative fuel savings and the difference in ETA between the two routes and choose the one that suits you best,” Google explained in 2021, when introducing this fuel saving feature. , in the USA.
And when announcing the expansion of this feature of Maps ne Europe, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, had shown the example of a route in Berlin that would reduce consumption by 18%, but which would only waste the user 3 minutes.
“These small decisions have a big impact on a large scale. With the expansion in Europe and beyond, we estimate that the savings in carbon emissions will double by the end of the year,” said the boss of Google.
This feature of Google Maps is part of a series of new features that the firm has launched to allow Internet users to reduce their impact on the environment. For example, on Google Flight, it also allows Internet users to identify flights with the least carbon emissions.
With regard to urban mobility, Google also encourages the use of less polluting means of transport. For example, for cyclists, Google launched a Maps feature called “lite navigation”.
Google Maps will offer optimized routes for electric and hybrid cars
During the Google I/O last May, we learned that Google Maps was going to offer more eco-responsible routes. If they are not yet deployed in Europe, Google assured a few months ago that this would be the case by the end of 2022. Now, the navigation application could well offer more economical routes in energy for electric and hybrid cars. The number of registrations of these vehicles is increasing and it could well exceed that of internal combustion vehicles this summer.
It is therefore interesting for Google to try to optimize the journeys of electric and hybrid cars. Until now, Google Maps only offered the fastest routes. But for some time now, we have seen the desire of the application to complement each other, for example by displaying the price of tolls.
GOOGLE MAPS WILL BE ABLE TO ADAPT THE ROUTES ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF ENGINE IN YOUR VEHICLE
She reports that one will be able to specify the type of engine of the vehicle one is driving in the application. Several options will be available, namely petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid. Google Maps will be able to “adapt” the route that will “save you the most fuel or energy”. A menu in the settings should allow you to change the engine type.
“As the feature is only just beginning to appear in beta testing, drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles will likely have to wait a few more weeks to find out what changes Google Maps will bring to their driving.”
Google Maps: soon specific routes for electric cars
Google’s navigation application should soon offer routes specially designed for your car engine.
Fuel, hybrid, or 100% electric… The most efficient route for a traditional internal combustion engine car is not the same as for an electric car. A difference to which Google wants to provide a solution with a sorting filter. In concrete terms, thanks to a new feature, users will be able to specify the type of motorization of their vehicle and benefit from a more suitable, ecological and economical route.
“This selection – with options for gas, diesel, electric and hybrid – will be used by Google Maps to ‘tailor’ your navigation to find what ‘will save you the most fuel or energy. ‘energy”. In effect.
At the moment, the feature is just starting to show up in beta testing. Drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles will therefore have to be patient before taking advantage of these new specific routes.