Google launches new tool to track petrol prices

Search giant Google has launched a new tool to help motorists find the cheapest fuel in their areas.

Search giant Google has launched a new tool to help motorists find the cheapest fuel in their areas.

The Petrol Price Tracker Gadget, which has been created in partnership with petrol price monitoring company MotorMouth, lets users find the price of unleaded petrol, diesel, LPG and other fuel types. Simply type in an address or postcode and the fuel tracker will display prices and nearby service stations.

Google marketing manager Julian Sonego told news.com.au that the idea was sparked by the enormous popularity of searches for information on petrol prices in Australia.

Australia is the top-ranking country in the world for searches on “fuel prices” since 2004 and the second-ranked for searches on “petrol prices”, after New Zealand. The number of searches on both phrases has doubled in Australia in the last four years.

Price data, which is compiled by MotorMouth, will be supplied twice a day between Monday and Saturday and once on Sunday. MotorMouth covers around 50% of metropolitan service stations but will add to this over time.

Users need to have a Google account to be able to access the site.

 

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