Google: Maps will now have air quality feature

by June 9, 2022 0 comments

Google has revealed its latest update for Google maps which will now have an air quality feature. This update will help people know about the quality of the air in their surroundings.

The latest update is introducing a new layer of data that will show users the latest AQI or air quality index rating of an area. The update is for both iOS and Android users.

The new update also lets users get an idea of what the air quality in the area will be like: whether it’s smoggy, smoky, otherwise bad, or simply wonderful.

To enable this air quality layer to your map, you need to tap on the button in the top right corner of your phone’s screen, then select Air Quality under Map details and what you’ll see is AQI or Air Quality Index numbers, along with guidance for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated and links to learn more.

Also, the data comes from trusted government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US. Maps also show air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that can give you a hyperlocal view of conditions.

Moreover, there is a wildfire layer available in the US as the wildfire season is approaching. This lets you see details about active fires in the area as Google partnered up with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to make it available on the map.

Currently, the feature is available only in the United States and certain parts of Canada.

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