Google monitors Hamburg air quality

Google is using an electric vehicle equipped with sensors to measure air quality in Hamburg to aid decisions on sustainable urban and transport planning
October 13, 2021
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Google says the sensors provided by Aclima record values for nitrogen dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and ozone. Once the data has been validated by Aclima, the results are passed on to the City Science Lab of the Hafencity University Hamburg, which can then recommend sustainable decisions on transport and urban development.

The Jaguar I-Pace vehicle will operate in central areas of the German city for a year. This project also includes input from a working group from Hamburg. Google points out that clean air is critical to life but emphasises data from the World Health Organisation that shows more than 90% of the world’s population breathes polluted air.

For the past several years, Google has used several of its Street View vehicles with air pollution sensors to measure street by street air quality in cities. The company claims it has been working with partners around the world to make more than 500 million air measurements.

Google hopes cities will be able to use this information to make more informed decisions and accelerate efforts in sustainability.  

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