(Pocket-Lint) – Google is rolling out a new Air Quality Index layer on Google Maps for iPhone and Android, allowing you to test air pollution across the United States at any time.
This means that if you are planning a trip and are sensitive to airborne pollen or other allergens / contaminants, you can check the levels before traveling. If a city is smoky, or feels really bad air quality, you’ll be able to see it.
Similarly, a fire layer is being added to the map in the United States, allowing you to see how they have affected the air in the affected area and how to avoid them. Data is provided by EPA, PurpleAir and other ‘trusted government agencies’.
How do I use the Air Quality Index layer on Google Maps?
When you open Google Maps on iPhone or Android, find a location you want to check in the United States. Now tap on the level icon in the top corner which looks like two squares on top of each other.
You will now see a pop-up menu with the usual ability to select map types and descriptions. Under ‘Map Details’, tap on ‘Air Quality’ and / or ‘Wildfire’. Once selected you will see a color-coded score. The less ‘good’ in the green zone, the better with anything under 50.
And how can I check it?
This new feature is not only in the Google Maps app, you can find the information by searching on Google. Search for ‘Air Quality Near Me’ or ‘Air Quality In’ [US location name] And you will see the same detailed information.
Where can I find Google Maps AQI level?
At the moment, the Air Quality Index level is only available for US locations The feature has not been launched in any other country at this time. However, anyone can check the app from anywhere, but only see data available for the United States.
On what device can I test it?
Google has introduced the feature in the Google Maps app for both Android and iPhone, so if you have it installed and you’re in the US (or traveling to the US) you can check it out in the app. You can also use the Google App or Google Search in your web browser to search exclusively for ‘Air Quality In’ [location name]’
Written by Cam Bunton.