Google Maps has provided bicycle navigation for many years, but it is basically the same system as car navigation, only displaying the route of the bicycle. This time Google is really taking into account the special needs of bicycles, and launched a special mode called “Lite navigation”. In this mode, Google Maps will only display the simplest information, including how long it will take to turn, the progress of the journey, the altitude change and the estimated time of arrival, etc., so that you can concentrate on riding without being distracted. This feature will come to Android and iOS platforms in the next few months. In addition, Google also announced that it will expand sharing and rental bicycle information to 300 cities around the world, including Berlin, New York, Sao Paulo and Taipei.
Users who drive can also start to enjoy the “fuel saving first” navigation route. This feature is available in the United States from now on. Using AI and the model provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, it may not be the fastest, but it should be the most fuel-efficient route. The tool will also tell you how much fuel you can save by taking this route. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, you can also save some money when you are not in a hurry. Google predicts that this fuel-efficient route will reduce 1 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, equivalent to 200,000 cars. In the future, Google also plans to launch this feature with Europe in 2022.