In an interesting and useful update, Google Maps has introduced quality of air for locations. The new feature is now available in the United States and is expected to reach other countries soon too.
According to media report, the new function will notify users of what to expect from the weather front based on the air quality: whether it will be smoky, smoggy, otherwise awful, or just great. Users may make better-informed decisions about whether to go outside and, if so, for how long with these facts at their fingertips.
According to the report, users will see Air Quality Index (AQI) figures, as well as guidelines for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated, and links to learn more. According to the article, the data originates from reputable government bodies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Here is how to check
- Go to Google Maps
- Tap on the box icon in the middle-right
- Click on Air Quality to change the feature on the Maps
- Tap on any AQI bubble to get full air quality data for the city/region
- The maps also display air quality data from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that may provide a
- hyperlocal perspective of conditions. Users must press on the button in the upper right corner of their
- phone’s screen, then pick Air Quality under Map details to add this air quality layer to their map.