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Green route from Google Maps to suggest longer trips that reduce carbon footprint

Motorists facing record gas prices starting this month will be helped to drive more economically thanks to a new feature in the Google Maps app.

Introducing ‘green routing’ into your Maps navigation system will provide drivers with an alternative to the faster and more direct route with the option of one that is better for the environment.

While it promises to reduce your carbon footprint and save you on fuel bills, the greener instructions will take longer and delay the faster estimated time of arrival.

A second eco-focused app is a new in-car system launched by Volvo for its latest electric vehicles, which will provide live advice on driving style from an efficiency perspective.

Google Maps will offer a green route option: starting in 2022, UK drivers will be informed if they can take a different route to their destination that is longer but also reduces their carbon footprint.

Google Maps will offer a green route option: starting in 2022, UK drivers will be informed if they can take a different route to their destination that is longer but also reduces their carbon footprint.

Google’s new navigation option has been launched in the US for Android and Apple users and is scheduled to be available in the UK in 2022.

Currently, when users of the popular application set a desired destination, the map system offers the fastest route based on live traffic data, and alternative options that may not necessarily be the fastest.

However, its new ‘green routes’ tool will give motorists another option: a route that is estimated to use the least amount of fuel or electricity if you are driving an electric vehicle.

Google says the system uses artificial intelligence and insights from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to calculate the most efficient trip.

The result is a much more complex and accurate algorithm than that used for the ‘green route’ in the latest in-car satellite navigation systems, relying solely on live traffic data to understand where congestion could cause trips with stops and departures.

Google’s version takes updated traffic levels into account, but also looks at routes with the fewest hills, corners, and traffic lights that mitigate the need to repeatedly slow down and accelerate, which increases fuel use.

If the most efficient route is the same as that of the fastest drivers, only one option will be offered. However, if the greener option takes longer, they will be given an option.

The fuel economy, the difference in carbon impact and the additional time required to complete a trip will be pre-displayed so that motorists can make an informed decision on whether or not to drive the less polluting route before setting off.

Users can also choose to disable the eco-trail feature if they decide they don’t want it to be an option.

Google estimates that its introduction has the potential to save around a million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from transportation each year, the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road, as well as saving drivers money by not having to fill up with so often, especially with Average gasoline prices will hit all-time highs before the end of this month and will rise by Christmas.

Google says the system uses artificial intelligence and insights from the National Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to calculate the most efficient trip.

Google says the system uses artificial intelligence and insights from the National Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to calculate the most efficient trip.

Google says the system uses artificial intelligence and insights from the National Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to calculate the most efficient trip.

The fuel savings, the difference in carbon impact and the additional time required to complete a trip will be displayed so that motorists can make an informed decision about driving the least polluting route or not.

The fuel savings, the difference in carbon impact and the additional time required to complete a trip will be displayed so that motorists can make an informed decision about driving the least polluting route or not.

The fuel savings, the difference in carbon impact and the additional time required to complete a trip will be displayed so that motorists can make an informed decision about driving the least polluting route or not.

NREL’s Jeff Gonder, said: ‘Google Maps Eco-Routes not only bring NREL’s fuel-efficient technology from the lab to the road, but have enormous potential to significantly reduce emissions and save drivers money, something that is good for both the people and the planet. ‘

The Green Routing Update is one of several updates to the Maps app, which also includes new features for cyclists and information on bike and scooter sharing schemes around the world.

A ‘light’ navigation function allows cyclists to quickly view important details about their route, such as trip progress and estimated time of arrival, without having to keep the screen on or enter turn-by-turn navigation.

Volvo to provide guidance on driver efficiency to its EV owners through the ‘Range Assistant’ app

Owners of the £ 48,300 Volvo XC40 Recharge and £ 57,400 C40 Recharge will soon have access to a new app that will guide them on how to drive more efficiently while behind the wheel.

The Range Assistant app helps drivers keep track of and optimize the car’s available range through intelligent energy management and “tips on driving style from an efficiency perspective.”

It will be released in ‘beta’ version imminently as a wireless software update via the Android Automotive OS infotainment system.

Owners of the £ 48,300 Volvo XC40 Recharge and £ 57,400 C40 Recharge will soon have access to a new app telling them how to drive more efficiently

Owners of the £ 48,300 Volvo XC40 Recharge and £ 57,400 C40 Recharge will soon have access to a new app telling them how to drive more efficiently

Owners of the £ 48,300 Volvo XC40 Recharge and £ 57,400 C40 Recharge will soon have access to a new app telling them how to drive more efficiently

The full release version will also provide guidance to drivers with `` smart, easy-to-follow recommendations on how to adjust your driving style and speed to maximize the car's range. ''

The full release version will also provide guidance to drivers with `` smart, easy-to-follow recommendations on how to adjust your driving style and speed to maximize the car's range. ''

The full release version will also provide guidance to drivers with “ smart, easy-to-follow recommendations on how to adjust your driving style and speed to maximize the car’s range. ”

With the app, seamlessly integrated into the Android infotainment system, drivers of fully electric Volvo cars get a clear and accurate indication of the estimated remaining driving range and energy consumption in real time.

“It also helps them understand the key factors that affect their autonomy,” says the brand.

“A range optimization feature in the app can automatically adjust the climate system to improve driving range, a feature that will be especially useful on longer trips because it reduces the need for charging stops.”

The full release version will also provide guidance to drivers with “smart, easy-to-follow recommendations on how to adjust your driving style and speed to maximize the car’s range.”

The implementation of the software update is scheduled to begin immediately, with all applicable models expected to be updated by the end of October.

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