Over the next twelve months, Google Street View Maps Jaguar I-Pace EVs will roll out across Dublin.
The cars collect Street View imagery, and also monitor the city’s air quality.
And theCooperated Google is with Jaguar Land Rover on the project, making the I-Pace the first all-electric vehicle for Street View.
In addition to installing Street View cameras on the roof of the vehicles, Jaguar engineers have also equipped them with sensors to measure air quality, so they can do double duty as the Street View cars did in London in 2018.
Aclima’s portable air sensors measure emissions of NO2 and CO2, as well as fine PM2.5 in the air, on a street-by-street basis.
The cars are expected to provide Google’s scientific research partners with the data they need to be able to develop maps of air pollution at street level.
Google is working with Dublin City Council for the project called Air View Dublin, which is part of the tech giant’s effort to map local air quality data under the Environmental Insights Explorer program, which can give local governments the information they need to be able to address climate and pollution issues in their cities.
Air quality is a major concern, especially for cities, the company said, but there is a gap in terms of local data and insights available to both decision makers and citizens, and as part of this project, we are using technology to capture this important data and present it in an easily accessible format so that we can work with the city council. Dublin is lead by solution planning.
A Google spokesman said when asked if the company plans to use more electric cars for virtual touring: We are always looking for opportunities to improve our fleet of vehicles and there is a possibility to increase the size of the electric vehicle fleet in the future, but there are no updates to share at the moment.
The I-Pace was launched in 2018, and had around 246 miles on a full charge (after a software update the range increased in late 2019).
It is noteworthy that this is not the first time that Google has used an electric I-Pace EV for a project, as Waymo also added I-Pace EVs to its autonomous fleet a few years ago, and it is currently using vehicles to test its self-driving technology.
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