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The latest installment of Google’s Project Air View outfits Jaguar’s new, electric I-PACE with Google Street View technology and mobile air sensors to monitor Dublin’s street-level air quality for the next year.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has partnered with Google to integrate its
Jaguar I-PACE with air-quality-measuring sensors and Street View mapping
technology — part of a collaboration with the Dublin City Council for
its Smart Dublin program.
Part of Google’s global Project Air
launched in 2018, the partnership makes the I-PACE the first all-electric Google
Street View vehicle. For the next 12 months, they will be used to measure and
record street-by-street air quality in Dublin — including nitrogen dioxide
(NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and fine particles (PM2.5). It will
also help update Google Maps.
The Jaguar I-PACE, which offers zero-tailpipe-emissions driving, has been
equipped with specialized mobile air sensors developed by
Aclima — with which Google’s research partners will
analyze the data and develop maps of street-level air pollution.
The partnership comes as Jaguar Land Rover defines its future
a sustainable reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and
positive societal impact — and a commitment to become a net-zero-carbon business
by 2039. To realize this vision, JLR will collaborate with industry leaders to
enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practices in
next-generation technology, data and software development.
“The integration of Google Street View technology with the all-electric Jaguar
I-PACE is the perfect solution for measuring air quality,” said Elena Allen,
Project Manager for Business Development at Jaguar Land Rover. “We are delighted
to support this project as it aligns with our own journey to becoming an
electric-first business and achieving net-zero carbon by 2039. Partnerships like
this are one of the ways we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a
positive impact on society.”
In October 2019,
Google published new
hyperlocal, street-level air-quality insights on its Environmental Insights
Explorer (EIE) starting in
This is part of a new section called EIE
Labs, which will pilot
climate-focused datasets as a critical indicator for prioritizing and tracking
climate action. With data from Google Street View vehicles that measure air
quality at street level, Google is creating Copenhagen’s new air quality map in
partnership with the City of Copenhagen and
Utrecht University. The preliminary map
shows the block-by-block concentration of black carbon and ultrafine particle
pollution, which Copenhagen is already using to work with architects and
designers to rethink the city for the future.
EIE has since partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on similar
projects in the cities of Amsterdam, Houston and Salt Lake City; and
with EDF and Aclima in the City of Oakland and other California cities.
Now, Google is bringing the technology to Dublin as part of the Smart
Dublinprogram, to produce hyperlocal air-quality data
insights that will help the Irish capital gain additional knowledge and support
their actions to improve the City’s climate and health. This is the next phase
of Dublin's partnership with Google’s EIE, to inform smart transit programs with
the goal of reducing emissions and increasing the use of cleaner modes of
Google and Dublin City Council hope access to this data will help scientists,
researchers and policymakers as they study air quality — as well as encourage
people to make small but informed daily changes to help improve it.
Paddy Flynn, VP of Geo Operations at Google, said: “Air quality is a serious
concern, especially for cities; but there is a gap in terms of localized data
and insights available to both decision makers and citizens. As part of this
project, we’re using technology to capture this important data and make it
accessible so that together with Dublin City Council, we can drive solution
Published May 26, 2021 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST