But at the same time, Google Maps is also evolving to adapt to the changing trends in the automotive industry, and the implementation in Android Automotive is just the living proof in this regard.
On Android Automotive-powered cars, such as the Polestar 2, Google Maps is capable of so much more than a mobile phone, as it can also provide drivers with charging station information, real-time mileage and even calculate a route based on vehicle specifications. and current battery charge.
So in general, Google Maps is evolving rapidly, and Google has recently announced a series of new features that give the app modern capabilities. And just like in the case of Android Automotive, it̵
This time, Google Maps gets a new setting to change how it determines the best route for a driver.
How routes are being decided right now
At this time, Google Maps is set up to automatically suggest the fastest route to a destination, and as we’ve told you before, this particular setting has long been a controversial standard behavior.
And this is because in some cases drivers will only use another route, and not even define it manually, as Google Maps runs a regular redirect, which in turn suggests the fastest way to reach a destination.
To determine the fastest route, Google Maps looks at data such as traffic development, maximum speed allowed for each road, distance, and other factors that will affect the time you need to reach a destination.
So theoretically, users define their destination in Google Maps, the system calculates the shortest route, looks at the slowest sectors and then adjusts the route accordingly.
How routes are to be calculated starting this year
Google Maps is now changing the default setting, so instead of calculating the fastest route, it will now suggest the most fuel efficient one.
The change will first be implemented in the Android version of Google Maps, but will then also apply to iPhones at a later date.
So when you enter a destination in Google Maps, the app not only looks at maximum speed and travel distance, but also at road slope and traffic load. Using a complex algorithm, Google Maps will try to estimate the fuel efficiency of your route, so in the end it will only provide the option with the lowest environmental footprint.
“With insight from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, we are building a new route model that optimizes for lower fuel consumption based on factors such as road slope and traffic congestion. This is part of the commitment we made in September last year to help the billion people who use our products to implement measures to reduce their environmental footprint,“Explains Google.
The good news is that the new system would not be mandatory, as you are still allowed to switch to the fastest route configuration from the settings screen. But keep in mind that by default, Google Maps will now suggest the most efficient route for all drivers on Android.
When it does, you should see a message that looks like this before starting the navigation:
“Most fuel efficient route, regular traffic. 8% lower CO2 emissions than the fastest route.”
If you agree with the suggestion, you can just press the Start button to start navigating to the defined destination.