Google Street View is now tracking your street’s pollution
Google Street View is expanding its portfolio to more than just images of your front door… they are now measuring the level of pollution on your doorstep. Initially introduced in the US in 2014, Google are now taking responsibility for monitoring air quality on the streets of London.
The Google Street View cars' newly fitted sensors are programmed to take air quality measurements every thirty meters. The results will be displayed on a revolutionary ‘street pollution map’. The map will provide live updates of the air quality throughout the city’s various regions, enabling Londoners to introduce measures to reduce their daily pollution intake. Such measures could include a change in their route to work.
Alongside Google’s high-tech mobile pollution sensors, the city authorities are fixing a hundred sensors around London’s ‘pollution blackspots’ - where pollution levels are particularly high. These measures will hopefully label London as having ‘the most sophisticated air quality monitoring network in the world’, claims Sadiq Khan. The Mayor of London has also added measures, such as zero-emission buses, to aid plans to improve the quality of London’s air.
The yearlong project, aimed at tackling the city’s poor air quality, is run by the non-profit organisation, Environmental Defence Fund Europe.
Although air quality monitoring outside will assist in reducing the average person’s pollution intake, many of us spend up to 90% of our day indoors. If the pollution level outside our homes is poor, we should be doing all we can to enhance the purity of air inside our homes.