Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Google Maps will now Display Air Quality in Your Area

Google Maps will now Display Air Quality in Your Area

Google Maps can show your area's air quality index on iOS and Android. Government can use the air quality index (AQI) to inform the people about how polluted the air is now, or it will be in the upcoming days.

Google Maps will show you how poor or excellent your area's air quality is. It will feature similar to how it does on Pixel phones and Nest hubs. The AQI for your current location will be displayed on both the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps, so you can see it no matter your device.

Air Quality Index (AQI) on Google Maps:

You must click on the layer settings where options such as Street View, traffic, 3D, and Public transit are available. In these settings, you will find an option for Air Quality, and clicking on it will allow AQI data for your current location.

Google Maps will now Display Air Quality in Your Area 1unsplash image

Read More: RBI Allows Credit Card Linking via UPI

Google Maps will zoom out your current views to show pins all around the location visible on your display as soon as you press the Air Quality option. These pins are typical of the most famous sites in your area. The color of these pins will change depending on how good or poor the air quality is, and tapping on one will reveal further information for that exact place. Additional information is available in the bottom sheet that appears when tapping on a location.

The Indian AQI ranges from 0 to 500+. Google uses data from the Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution Control Board in India. The National AQI, which the government, as mentioned earlier agencies provide, updates the data. When a government monitoring station does not operate in that area or cannot provide data for a location, Google turns to "non-regulatory partners" for information.

According to Google, these aren't official government monitoring stations but provide sensor data that allows the business to generate a weighted average using the NowCast algorithm. The AQI of that area is then calculated by applying the US Environmental Protection Agency's adjustment factor to that average.