Google has fitted its Street View cars with sensors to make pollution maps that could be a lifesaver for people who suffer from asthma or other conditions

Google cars used to sniff city air and make pollution maps

WHAT do you do on days when the air doesn’t smell right? Soon, you might just check Google Maps.

Google has teamed up with San Francisco-based sensor company Aclima and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fit its Street View cars with environmental sensors. The cars will be used to produce up-to-the-minute neighbourhood pollution maps that could prove a lifesaver for people who suffer from asthma or other conditions that put them at risk when the air is bad. Air pollution kills an estimated 55,000 people every year in the US and 3.3 million worldwide.

“Neighbourhood pollution maps could prove a lifesaver for people who suffer from asthma”

Air quality is typically measured by stationary equipment scattered throughout a city: New York City, for example, has 17 monitoring stations. But widely spaced sensors have a limited capacity to model the dynamic processes …

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