On its official blog, Google has announced that users will now be able to track the air quality (AQI) around them using Google Maps. This feature will be of great help to people who face respiratory issues. The Google Maps air quality feature is widely rolling out for Android in the US.
Notably, you will get detailed information about the air quality, whether it is smoggy, smoky, bad, or wonderful to head outdoors. Moreover, it will also show Air Quality Index numbers (from 0 to 400+) along with information for outdoor activities, when was the information updated, and links to learn more.
Google Maps just got a bit more useful
A green air quality icon sits in the bottom-right corner besides Public transit, COVID-19 info, and wildfires. The data comes from trusted government agencies, which include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PurpleAir in the US. FYI, PurpleAir is a low-cost sensor network that gives a hyperlocal view of conditions.
You can add the air quality layer to your map by simply tapping on the button located in the top right corner. Then, select Air Quality under Map Details. In the following months, Google Maps will also show smoke data across the US, obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Google Search.
If you prefer hyperlocal weather and air quality information, check out some of these best weather apps. They provide detailed forecasts and a lot of useful information about the quality of air in your area.
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