Google will measure air pollution by Street View cars




Google has teamed up with the company Aclima for measuring air quality. That will happen with sensors Aclima and the cars that Google uses for its Street View project. Ultimately, the information must be displayed on Google Maps.

Environmental Aclima made ​​the partnership announced on his blog. In recent times, both companies have made sure that there are three cars, meant for recording of images for the Street View project, are provided with sensors for measuring the air quality. In recent times the system has been tested in the US city of Denver, and according Aclima was a success. In autumn, the project should be extended to the Bay Area in the US state of California, but is also thinking about expanding to other cities.

During the test phase is wrong with the cars driven 750 hours and generated 150 million data points. According to experts consulted government officials and the system can complement air quality systems that are already deployed. Eventually, Google will provide insight into the data on its Maps service, but it is unclear when the project is sufficiently advanced: first the company will have to expand to more areas in order to provide better coverage.

Aclima is already working with Google in the field of environmental quality “indoors. These measurements, however, are as yet only done on offices of the Internet giant. Within that project, for example, temperature, humidity, sound, light and carbon dioxide measured.


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