similar to Nest Hubs and, shortly, Pixels On Android and iOS, Google Maps now displays surfaces air quality index (AQI) statistics in the At a Glance widget.

This innovation, which was first shown off last year, adds a new map layer that can be accessed by touching the circular button next to the search bar and suggestion carousel. In the bottom-right corner, next to the COVID-19 information, Wildfires, and Public transportation, is a green Air Quality icon.

Your present Google Maps view will become more distant when you enter the Air Quality layer. The major locations will have pins, and you can tap any colored dot to view a specific site. The bottom sheet contains more information along with an understandable language description.

The Air Quality Index (AQI), a gauge of how clean (or unclean) the air is, is displayed along with suggestions for outdoor activities, the most recent update, and links to additional information.

There is an link to find out more describing the source of the data and the whole US Air Quality Index from 0 to 400 is also displayed. The sheet will list nearby air quality stations when you swipe up on it. The Environmental Protection Agency and PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that provides a more hyperlocal view of circumstances domestically, are the sources of the data.

Today, Google Maps for and iOS are widely available in the United States.

Google Maps air quality

Google is now able to display relevant information about the fire as well as related air quality data when I search for nearby wildfires.

In the upcoming months, we’ll also be incorporating smoke data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the whole United States into our Google Search air quality information.

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