But at the same time, Google Maps is also constantly evolving to adapt to the changing trends of the automotive industry, and in this regard, the implementation of Android Automotive is only a strong proof.
On Android-powered cars (such as Polestar 2), Google Maps far exceeds the function of mobile phones, because Google Maps can also provide drivers with information about charging stations, real-time mileage, and even calculate according to vehicle specifications Determine the route with the current battery level.
So, overall, Google Maps is developing rapidly, and Google recently announced a series of new features that provide modern features for the application. Just like Android Automotive, this update should help Google Maps align with new trends in the automotive industry.
This time, Google Maps has received a new setting that can change the way it determines the best route for the driver.
How to determine the route now
At this point, Google Maps has been configured to automatically suggest the fastest route to the destination, and as we told you before, this particular setting has long been a controversial default behavior.
This is because in some cases, the driver only wants to use other routes, and does not even want to manually define the route, because Google Maps will reroute regularly, which again prompts the fastest way to reach the destination.
In order to determine the fastest route, Google Maps will study traffic trends, the maximum speed allowed for each road, distance and other data, these data will affect the time you reach your destination.
Therefore, in theory, the user can define the destination in Google Maps, the system will calculate the shortest route, check the slowest sector, and then adjust the route accordingly.
How to calculate the route from this year
Google Maps is now changing the default settings, so it will suggest the most fuel-efficient method instead of calculating the fastest route.
This change will first be implemented in the Android version of Google Maps, but then it will also be used in the iPhone.
So now when you provide a destination in Google Maps, the app will not only check the maximum speed and distance traveled, but also the road tilt and traffic jams. Google Maps will use sophisticated algorithms to try to estimate the fuel efficiency of your route, so in the end, it will only provide options with the smallest environmental footprint.
“With the insights of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, we are building a new routing model that can optimize fuel consumption reduction based on factors such as road tilt and traffic congestion. This is part of the pledge we made in September last year to help the 1 billion people who use our products take action to reduce their environmental footprint.“Google explained.
The good news is that the new system will not be mandatory because you can still switch to the fastest routing 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.
Once enabled, you should see a message similar to the following before starting to navigate:
“The most fuel-efficient route, the usual traffic. Compared with the fastest route, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 8%.“
If you agree with the suggestion, you can simply press the “Start” button to start navigating to the defined destination.