Google to Measure Air Quality through Street View


Increasing polluted air from car driving at urban environments have caused direct negative impacts on health.

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Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate vehicle-mounted sensors into its Street View cars, which will significantly improve our understanding of urban air pollution at a street level,

This new project will see Street Views cars equipped with sensors to help the public and government assess the quality of air at a street level.

The goal of this project is to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities.




US Environmental Protection Agency,

California State government,

National and international NGOs,

Local and community organizations,



Project to carry out for San Francisco Bay Area this Fall:

1) This project achieved Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership will help to lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.

2) Implement the same concept to implement the sensors to cars for a month long test in San Franciso Bay Area, the vehicles will clock some 750 hours of drive time and gather 150 million data points.

3) Vehicles and buses that drive repetitive routes through cities will implement Aclima sensing technology, which the vehicles to take community-scale snapshots of pollution and greenhouse gases.

4) An interconnected urban system comes into focus within few days of driving.

5) Processed data streams are accessed through Aclima’s advanced analytics and visualization tools. Aclima finds the signal in the noise, delivering actionable data to inform decision making and continuous optimization.

One thought on “Google to Measure Air Quality through Street View

  1. This is a really interesting concept. If there was a mechanism such as this that could measure real-time atmospheric particles it would be a useful component for public policy decisions and even geospatial applications for private analytics including health insurance companies etc.


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