Residents across the country sometimes see Google Street Cars driving down their blocks. In California, these vehicles are gathering air quality data block by block, which could ultimately help shape local policy to benefit people’s health.
Google released video footage Tuesday showing how the Golden State is doing when it comes to nitrogen dioxide, a gas released in tailpipe emissions and from factories that creates smog and can fuck up your lungs. The data, which focuses on San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley, shows how pollution clusters onto certain blocks, meaning the exact street you live on can have a major impact on the quality of air you’re breathing.
Google is hoping this information will help scientists work with policymakers to improve air quality overall.