Seeing A Green Leaf On Google Maps Navigation? Here’s What It Means

Google has introduced a more eco-friendly route to save gasoline.

ByElizabeth BlackstockToday 4:00PMComments (4)Alerts

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My husband and I were heading out for a final goodbye dinner before the two of us embarked on trips to separate countries when I first noticed a little green leaf on Google Maps navigation. It popped up next to my time remaining indicator and remained there during the whole of our (very brief) trip. I took a screenshot of it and wondered aloud what it was. If you’ve seen it, too, then here’s what it means.

Common sense tells you that a green leaf probably signals something to do with eco-friendliness, and that’s pretty much exactly what’s going on here.

Google Maps calls it the “fuel-efficient” route. It calculates a route that includes the least traffic, the least hills, and more constant speeds. All that combines to save you fuel, since you can mostly just coast to your destination.

If you want to turn it off, start your navigation to your destination. Go into the settings, and under “Route Options,” where you’d normally toggle things like avoiding highways or tolls, you’ll see a toggle labeled as “Prefer fuel-efficient routes.” If you’ve just had an update on the app, it’s likely that this toggle is turned on.

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