Google gets new sustainability features, including a fuel cost calculator • TechCrunch
Google adds several new durability features for search, the company announced today at its Search On event. The search giant will start showing annual fuel costs for cars in search results to help people looking for a new car. Google will also show emissions estimates for cars, so you can better understand how a particular car model you’re interested in compares to similar models. These new features will be rolling out over the next few days, Google says.
If you’re looking for an electric vehicle, Google will soon show estimated costs, range, and charging speeds for different electric vehicles. You’ll also be able to quickly find nearby public charging stations that are compatible with the specific electric vehicle you’re looking to buy, which should make your buying decision a little easier. Users in the United States will also soon see federal tax incentives available on search when looking to switch to an electric vehicle.
Additionally, Google will start highlighting used products in search results. Later this year there will be a new “used” tag that will be displayed next to buy used items. The company says the feature is designed to make it easier for users to make sustainability choices and possibly even save some money.
The search giant also adds ingredient-level emissions information when you search for recipes. Soon, when you search for certain recipes such as “bean recipes” or “chicken with broccoli”, you can see how one ingredient compares to others. For example, you can compare the average greenhouse gas impact for beef versus lamb. The information displayed comes from the United Nations, says Google. The feature will soon be available worldwide for English-speaking users.
Google says search interest in terms such as ‘electric vehicles’, ‘solar power’ and ‘thrift stores’ has reached new heights around the world over the past year, indicating that people are looking for ways to practice sustainability. The new features revealed today aim to give users new ways to be more sustainable.
The announcement comes as Google has added new tools to help users choose more sustainable options. Last week, the company announced it was adding a handful of new features that allow travelers to better filter their searches to make sustainable choices when booking flights or hotels as well as improved options for trains. With this extension, users will be able to directly filter their flight and hotel searches to remove unsustainable options entirely from their search results.