In August we’ve reported that Google is using its Street View cars for more than just mapping road network features around the world. Together with a start-up called Aclima it installed in environmental sensors on the rooftop of mapping cars which allowed for analysis and detection of air pollution.
The pilot has been running in Denver and Colorado where cars collected 750 hours of data over the course of a month. Some of the data from this trial was published on Aclima’s website.
Yesterday we’ve learned that according to Google the results achieved were successful enough to continue the project. The company is now expanding the program to California. The mapping starts immediately in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Central Valley.
Google says these three major metropolitan areas were selected because with nearly 30 million registered vehicles, managing the air quality in the state is a big challenge. The plan is that this data will eventually be overlaid on Google Earth and Google Maps, and it will also made available to scientists and air quality experts.
Source: Google Green Blog