Air quality comes to Google Maps

(ETX Daily Up) – Google has just added a new feature to its Maps mobile app that displays air quality near you. At this time, this data is only available in the United States.

Google Maps now allows you to know the quality of the air, whether in its Android or iOS version. It is in fact a new layer of map details, after transport, cycle paths or even the state of traffic.

To access it, click on the icon for the different types of maps and then select “Air quality” in the “Map details” section. The information will then automatically appear on the map, in the areas concerned, with a color code and an index indicating the recently measured air quality. By scrolling the results, detailed access to the whole air quality of a district or a city appears. Note that for the United States, the only country for the moment where this data appears, the results are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and the PurpleAir network. Their atmospheric sensors measure the amount of pollutants in the air.

In the future, this service must become international and mobile users should soon be able to receive information on air quality in their region thanks to information provided by local partners.

Also discover how Google Maps allows you to find the cheapest gas station near you or how the application will soon allow an unprecedented overview of major cities in 3D.

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