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This Google Maps feature will help you breathe fresh air – Times of India

Google has introduced many useful features in its navigation appGoogle Maps in the past. Now, the company has once again rolled out an interesting and important health related feature in Google Maps.
The tech giant has rolled out a new for Google Maps which will help the users to get a breath of fresh air. With the latest update, the company is bringing a new layer of data that will tell users about the latest AQI (Air Quality Index) rating of a particular area along with guidance for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated, and links to learn more.
Available for both Android and iOS users the feature is presently available only in the US.
Google along with the Environmental Protection Agency in the US will show the air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network which gives a more hyperlocal view of conditions.
How to add air quality layer to Google Map
In order to add an air quality layer to the map, users simply have to tap on the button placed in the top right corner of their screen. After this, users just have to select Air Quality under Map details.
Google also adds that users can also view air quality information from PurpleAir on Nest displays and speakers.
Along with the air quality monitoring, the new update also brings the wildfire layer to Google Maps in the US. The company has partnered with National Interagency Fire Centre in order to keep the users informed about any wildfires.
Google also mentioned that in the coming years it will also add smoke data detection across the US.


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