Google Maps Starts Showing Air Quality Index (AQI) DataTech Giant Google updated its Google Maps application for both Android and iOS platforms which now starts showing a new air quality layer to help users quickly monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) With this feature, users will be now able to check the air quality of their area or the location they will find, with data in Air Quality Index (AQI) standards a measure of how healthy (or unhealthy) the air is, along with guidance for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated, and links to learn more. This feature was first previewed last year, and currently, this feature rolls out only to users in US, India, and Australia. The application also displays the least polluting routes as a priority, even if they are longer than the other routes.
How to check air quality in your area on Android, iOS
To add the air quality layer to your map- simply tap on the button in the top right corner of your screen, then select Air Quality under Map details.
- Download or update your Google Maps application on your (Android, and iOS).
- Open the Google Maps application.
- Tap on the "Layers Icon" in Google Maps which is in the top right corner.
- Under Map details > select the "Air Quality layer."
- Now Google Maps zooms out to showcase an overview of air quality across your area.
- Nearby air quality monitoring stations appear as small bubbles to display AQI showcasing the air quality score and corresponding color-coded dot.
- Click on a bubble reveals additional information such as guidance for outdoor activities and when the information was last updated.
Google announced in its blog post that,
When you're visiting a new place or planning outdoor activities, it can be helpful to know the air quality conditions - like whether it’s unusually smoggy. Check out the air quality layer on Google Maps for both Android and iOS, to help you make more informed decisions about whether it’s safe to go on a hike or other outdoor adventures.The air quality layer shows trusted data from government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. We are also showing air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network which gives a more hyperlocal view of conditions.
Source: Google Blog