A new health-related feature has been added to Google Maps for Android and iOS

A new health-related feature has been added to Google Maps for Android and iOS

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  • Additionally, the Mountain View company mentions that Google Maps is also showing air quality information from PurpleAir, which is a low-cost sensor network that give a more focused view of conditions. Google Maps users who want to check air quality must add the special layer to their maps by tapping on the button in the top right corner of the screen, and then selecting Air Quality under Map details. At the same time, Google revealed that users can now view air quality information from PurpleAir on Nest displays and speakers. This is an important improvement since PurpleAir sensor have a broad coverage in the US, which means more people will be able to access this type of information directly from their Nest devices.

  • Google Maps users now have access to an intriguing new function that allows them to track the air quality in various parts of the United States. It’s a handy tool that will help you to organise your outdoor activities or vacation in a planet plagued by industrial pollution. Google Maps now has a new quality layer, as well as information about when the index was last updated, for both Android and iOS users. While we don’t know how accurate the new feature is, Google claims that the air quality layer displays reliable data from government agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In related news, Google announced in addition to its partnership with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) that allows Maps users to see more details about active fires in the area, it will add smoke data across the US from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to its air quality information on Google Search. Kudos to Google for finally adding these new features, which will allow more people to understand how devastating pollution is for Earth and how close to extinction we really are.


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