The last update that Google has implemented a Google Maps will now help users breathe fresh air. The latest update is introducing a new data layer which will show users the latest AQI or Air Quality Index for an area.
The update has been made for the iOS and Android versions. The new update also allows users to get an idea of what the air will be like in an area: whether it’s smoggy, smoky, otherwise bad, or just wonderful. The new AQI layer also comes with a guide to suitable outdoor activities and, in a more detailed preview, will also show which outdoor activities to avoid. The new API in google maps it will also show when the information was last updated. Currently, the feature is available only in the United States and certain parts of Canada. The data comes from government agencies, mainly the EPA or the Environmental Protection Agency. The maps also show air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that can give you a hyperlocal view of conditions. To enable this air quality layer on your map, you need to tap the button in the top right corner of your phone screen and then select Air Quality under Map Details. Information from PurpleAir is also available on Google Nest Displays and Google Smart Speakers. The new update also has a wildfire layer available in the US as wildfire season approaches. The United States, particularly California, has had a terrible history of wildfires.This update to the wildfire layer allows users to see details about active fires in the area, thanks to Google’s partnership with the US National Interagency Fire Center, or NIFC. For large wildfires, you can also search for “wildfires near me” and associated details will appear, along with air quality information. “In the coming months,” Google search will also add US smoke data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These updates will roll out to other areas soon as well, depending on how prone certain areas are to extreme pollution and wildfires. Via: FirstPost