Mapping air quality
Jaguar Land Rover and Google measure Dublin air quality with all-electric I-PACE
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Published: 31 May 2021
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Google to integrate the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE with air quality measuring sensors and Street View mapping technology.
The I-PACE is the first all-electric Google Street View vehicle; it will help to update Google Maps and will be used to measure street-by-street air quality in Dublin.
The sensors will detect and measure nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, plus fine particles (PM2.5).
Street-level air pollution
The Jaguar I-PACE, which offers zero tailpipe-emissions driving, has been equipped with specialised mobile air sensors developed by Aclima and has launched in Dublin to capture data over the next 12 months.
Google’s scientific research partners will analyse the data and develop maps of street-level air pollution.
Jaguar Land Rover engineers have worked to integrate Google Street View technology into the vehicle, including new roof mountings for the Street View camera, new rear-window glass which allows for wiring and redesigned interior switchgear to incorporate Google Street View controls.
With a focus on air quality, the I-PACE offers cabin air ionisation and PM2.5 filtration to enhance occupant comfort and wellbeing.
Net zero by 2039
The partnership comes as Jaguar Land Rover defines its future strategy: it’s aiming for ‘a sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact’, and has committed to become a net zero carbon business by 2039.
To realise this vision, Jaguar Land Rover will collaborate with industry leaders to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice 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. 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.’
Project manager for business development at Jaguar Land Rover
Pollution data for citizens
Google has partnered with Dublin City Council as part of its programme to map hyperlocal air quality insights for cities, so they can take action on their climate and health.
Google and Dublin City Council hope access to this data will help scientists, researchers and policymakers as they study air quality, while also encouraging people to make small but informed daily changes to help improve the quality of the air they breathe.
‘Air quality is a serious concern, especially for cities, but there is a gap in terms of localised 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 planning.’
Vice president of Geo Operations at Google