BRIEF // Air quality is on Google Maps… but only in the United States, for the moment. Rest assured, the new functionality should gradually become international.
The good news is that Google has just added a new feature to its Maps mobile app that can display the air quality near you. The bad news is that at this time, this data is only offered 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 appear automatically 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 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.
Google Maps is an online service and a free mobile GPS navigation application that allows you to create routes (car, bike, public transport), save maps, find points of interest, etc.
Release date :
Leisure – Travel
Operating system :
Android, Online service All Internet browsers, iOS iPhone / iPad / Apple Watch