Google Street Cars will soon monitor air quality of an area with its new partnership with Aclima. So in the near future when you decide whether to take the bike or car to work, you can see the air quality along your route within Google Maps and be alerted of high smog or otherwise bad air quality before you even leave the house.
Google has not officially announced how the air quality data would be utilized but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how well it would integrate into Google Maps and perhaps even a side project specifically for air quality information across the United States similar to how Google does its Flu Trends or other health information services.
“We have a profound opportunity to understand how cities live and breathe in an entirely new way by integrating Aclima’s mobile sensing platform with Google Maps and Street View cars,” said Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, environmental health is becoming increasingly important to quality of life. Today we’re announcing the success of our integration test with Google, which lays the foundation for generating high resolution maps of air quality in cities.”
Denver Google Street cars was the first to participate in the trial to run that will measure the air pollutants; VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), black carbon, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane.