On Google Maps, it is now possible to display the air quality near your home. At this time, this new feature is only available in the United States.
Concretely, the application will display an air quality measurement index on its maps. The user will therefore be able to get an idea of the air quality of the place in which he is. “You’ll see the Air Quality Index, a measure of how good (or unhealthy) the air is, as well as tips for outdoor activities”explains Google in a blog post published on June 8.
On Android and iOS, to activate the feature, simply open the Google Maps app and tap the maps icon in the upper right corner. Next, select “Air Quality” in the “Map Details” section. A color code and index will indicate the recently measured air quality in the area.
This new service will be based on data provided by several government agencies and PurpleAir, a network of atmospheric sensors intended to measure air quality. In the future, this new functionality should be available on an international scale, thanks to collaboration with local partners.
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