COST PER MILE
If you thought there couldn't be any more companies left to jump on the global green band-wagon, make some room for one more. Garmin, the maker of GPS gadgets announced a software upgrade for it's devices called EcoRoute (what else?). U.S. News and World Reports explains:
The free software, called ecoRoute, will be available for the nuvi 205 and 705 Garmin GPS devices, Edmunds reports, starting in February. This software is just further proof of manufacturers' push to introduce more responsible gadgetry at a more practical CES 2009.
In a press release, Garmin's Vice President of Worldwide Sales Dan Bartel says, "Many of the biggest challenges currently facing people around the world involve the economy and the environment. Using ecoRoute on your Garmin nuvi ® helps you be a smarter driver at a time when everyone is trying to make their paychecks and their gas tanks go the extra mile."
Autoblog Green notes, "The software is customizable, and you can select your car type as well as enter you car's real fuel economy and gas prices. The software will then calculate also how much you could save by taking the eco-route."
ecoRoute also tracks your fuel usage over time or per-trip and can monitor gas prices and mileage.
"Every vehicle uses fuel different, so ecoRoute's allow users to enter their vehicle profits so the software is optimized for any model's fuel economy," says GPSObsessed. "Hopefully this will help nuvi users save some coin. Most of us undoubtedly could use it."
It's almost as bad as the talking gizmos in cars from a few years ago. Now you have a piece of software in your car that shows you in dollars and cents how much bite that scenic route to your destination is taking out of your wallet.