Google Maps will shift the focus from speed to the environment and fuel savings
Google plans to update its Maps app which will change the primary focus from fast arrival times to routes with better fuel savings. This is according to a recent report by self-evolution, highlighting the changes to Google’s algorithms.
Now, that’s not the only change the so-called update will bring, either. But this is arguably the biggest change. In summary, the changes will take into account the factors that have an impact on fuel consumption. This probably means that it will take into account elevation changes, brake lights or stop signs and other factors.
The changes should ultimately save users money and have a net positive impact on the environment. But, of course, the search giant would also offer users a way to revert to the first trip algorithm as well. This way, although fuel savings are the first priority for Google Maps, users can switch to faster routes in the app if they need it.
Google Maps will be better in other areas as well, not just to save fuel
Following the new energy efficiency update, Google will also change the way Maps manages public transportation. Namely, providing a step-by-step timetable for public transport. And that will include more accurate time estimates from stop to stop, for example to match, as well as a more accurate estimated time of arrival for travelers.
Now, while this information is already available for some regions, the company is working to disseminate it further abroad. Including recent updates to include improved public transport data for Lyon and Lille, France. Google and public transport companies in other regions are also working to bring this feature to more regions.
When does this happen to users?
As of this writing, there doesn’t appear to be a set timeframe for when the new Google Maps update arrives. The only indication given is that the changes will come a bit later in 2021.
Google I / O 2021 The developer conference is just around the corner. Specifically, the kickoff on May 18 and until May 20. And, considering how popular navigation app Google Maps is, it is likely that more details will be revealed at this event.