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Google Maps’ latest update will now show the air quality around users

Latest update that Google rolled out to Google Maps will now help users get a breath of fresh air. The latest update is rolling out new data layer will show the user an area’s latest AQI or Air Quality Index rating.

The latest update of Google Maps will now show the air quality around users

The update has been made for both iOS and Android versions. The new update also lets users see what the air in an area will look like: is it foggy, smoky, bad, or simply wonderful.

The new AQI class also comes with guidance on suitable outdoor activities, and in a more detailed preview it will also show what outdoor activities to avoid. New API on Google map will also show when the information was last updated.

Currently, this feature is only available in the United States and certain regions of Canada. The data comes from government agencies, mainly the EPA or the Environmental Protection Agency. The map also displays air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that can give you a hyper-local view of conditions.

To enable this air quality layer for your map, you need to tap the button in the top right corner of your phone screen then select Air quality under Map details. Information from PurpleAir is also available on Google Nest displays and Google smart speakers.

The new update also has a wildfire class available in the US as wildfire season approaches. The United States, especially California, has had a terrible history of wildfires.

The latest update of Google Maps will now show the air quality around users

This wildfire class update allows users to view detailed information about active fires in the area, thanks to Google in partnership with the US National Interagency Fire Center or the NIFC. For large wildfires, you can also simply search for “wildfires near me” and the relevant details will be displayed along with air quality information. “In the coming months,” a Google search will also add nationwide smoke data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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These updates will also roll out in other regions soon, depending on certain areas’ vulnerability to severe pollution and wildfires.

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