Google Maps helps you breathe easier with a new Air Quality Index layer
Google Maps is rolling out a new Air Quality Index (AQI) feature to give people as much information as possible about the air they’ll be breathing when they step foot outside. The new feature is available as an additional mapping layer.
Google announced the addition via a blog post, noting that it will give iOS and Android users a way to find out air quality and whether to consider outdoor activities based on weather condition readings.
When visiting a new place or planning outdoor activities, it can be helpful to know about air quality conditions, such as unusual smog. Check out the air quality layer in Google Maps for Android and iOS to help you make more informed decisions about whether it’s safe to go hiking or other outdoor adventures. You’ll see the Air Quality Index (AQI), a measure of how good (or unhealthy) the air is, along with tips for outdoor activities, information, and links to more information.
Of course, there are plenty of Air Quality Index apps on the App Store, but putting them on Google Maps means the AQI can be easily checked for places people plan to visit, whether for work or pleasure.
Along with AQI support, Google Maps now has a layer designed to help people be better informed about wildfires in the area. Google says search interest in a number of wildfire-related terms has doubled in the past year, underscoring growing concern about the effects of wildfires.
Both of these new layers are available as part of the Google Maps app, which is now on the App Store. Those who have already installed the app will see an update waiting for them, while anyone can download Google Maps for free right now.
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