Google and Jaguar have partnered to build a custom I-Pace for street view mapping and to run a study on the air quality index in Dublin.
Jaguar Land Rover and Google have joined hands to integrated the I-Pace electric SUV with air quality measuring sensors and the Google Maps Street View feature. The I-Pace will be the first all-electric Google vehicle that will measure street by the street air quality in Dublin including nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions alongside PM 2.5 particles. All this information will be updated on Google Maps. The I-Pace being an electric SUV has zero emissions has been equipped with specialised mobile air sensors developed by Aclima. It has been launched in Dublin to capture data over the next 12 months. Google’s research partners will analyse the data and develop maps of street-level air pollution.
Jaguar Land Rover has also integrated Google Street View technology in the vehicle. This includes new roof mountings for the street view camera system, a new rear window glass that allows for the wireline and redesigned interior switchgear to incorporate Google Street View controls. The car has a focus on air quality, the I-Pace also offers cabin air ionisation and PM2.5 filtration, but this is a feature that can be found on many affordable vehicles as well.
Land Rover Jaguar plans on going carbon neutral by 2039. Google has pushed the big corporations to be carbon neutral and negative. Google achieved carbon neutrality in 2007, while in 2017 it matched its overall electricity consumption with the purchase of solar and wind energy. Now by 2030, Google aims to be running all its businesses 24/7 carbon-free, everywhere by 2030 which would mean deploying more electric vehicles like the I-Pace especially for things like Street View.
“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,” said Elena Allen, Project Manager for Business Development at Jaguar Land Rover.
Google has partnered with the Dublin City Council as a part of the Environmental Insights Explorer’s air quality programme to map hyperlocal air quality insights for cities to take action.
“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,” said Paddy Flynn, Vice President of Geo Operations at Google.
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