Google monitors air quality with Street View

Aug 17, 2015 | written by:

The first experiment of regular monitoring of air quality started in the US these days. Each area analyzed millions of data will reveal the quality of the air. It is an agreement between Google and the company monitoring Aclima: three Google cars have been equipped with mobile platform provided by the company to analyze the presence of nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, particulate and other volatile organic compounds. All pollutants that worsen air quality, human health, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

"Scholars have always struggled to understand exactly where and how people were exposed to pollutants; monitoring is complicated by the simple fact that the air is everywhere, while scientists no”, says Mike Hower on With this method you can take a picture of the air quality, as well as Street View makes the streets of our cities. So big data collected will be useful to understand what are the areas most at risk. Data useful for administrations, for researchers and also for citizens. Tomorrow an app could tell us in real time what is the quality of the air that we are breathing at the time, just out of the house or in the place where we decided to spend the holidays.

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