Google Maps Has Just Launched A Groundbreaking New Feature Called Air Quality Index

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On smartphone devices running Android and iOS, Google Maps now includes a new function that displays an air quality score for the user’s current location. The air quality index, often known as the AQI, is a tool that is utilized by governmental organizations to notify the general public about the current and anticipated levels of air contamination. And as of recently, Google Maps will also inform you if the air quality in your region is great or terrible. It will operate in a manner similar to that of Nest hubs and Google Pixel smartphones.

People currently have access to a number of tools on Google Maps that assist them in navigating the city, such as real-time traffic information and a representation of the many forms of public transportation that are accessible in the region. It has now proven more helpful as a result of the addition of the air purity index.

The function provides you with an AQI level that ranges from 0 mostly to 500 and is assessed in a green through dark red color scale. This scale indicates the degree of contamination that is present in the air. At this time, all that can be shown are the scores from the AQI, together with information on the cleanliness of the air and recommendations about whether or not you can go outside or stay indoors.

The more people around you, the more cars on the road and factories spewing toxic chemicals into the air. The more buildings you have, the more stuff they need to make and ship in order to operate—and all of that packaging (and shipping) adds up to a lot of waste that ends up as garbage or landfill.

All of these things contribute to poor air quality, which can cause health problems like asthma and allergies. That’s why it’s so important for cities to be aware of their air pollution levels—and work together to reduce them.

William Reid
A science writer through and through, William Reid’s first starting working on offline local newspapers. An obsessive fascination with all things science/health blossomed from a hobby into a career. Before hopping over to Optic Flux, William worked as a freelancer for many online tech publications including ScienceWorld, JoyStiq and Digg. William serves as our lead science and health reporter.