Google and Council initiative to measure how the city breathes

by Gazette Reporter

A Google Street View car is being used to assess the air quality of Dublin city over the coming year.

This week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, launched the ‘Air View Dublin’ initiative, which will see Google’s Street View car take to the streets as part of Dublin City Council’s ‘Smart Dublin’ programme. This marks the next phase of the Council’s partnership with Google’s  Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE), to inform smart transit programmes with the aim of reducing emissions and increasing the use of cleaner modes of travel. 

Dublin City Council and Dublin local authorities joined the UN Breath Life Campaign in 2020 and this initiative highlights a commitment to meeting World Health Organisation guide values for air quality by 2030.

Launch of “Air View Dublin” 10th May 2021 Pictured at the launch of “Air View Dublin”, an initiative that will see Google’s Street View car take to the streets of Dublin to measure air quality across the city, is Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu with Paddy Flynn, VP of Geo, Google.
  Pic. Keith Arkins

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, commented:

“The Council is dedicated to fulfilling its commitment to the UN Breathe Life Campaign and it is projects like this that leverage innovation and forward thinking to allow us to make informed decisions for the benefit of our city and citizens. Environmental air quality is an issue that affects everyone, especially people who live in cities and I look forward to learning more about how our city lives and breathes.”

Google’s first electric Street View car, a Jaguar I-PACE, is a zero tailpipe-emissions vehicle and has been equipped with Aclima’s specialised mobile air sensing platform, which can measure and analyse nitrogen dioxide pollutants at levels that are harmful to the climate and human health. These, in addition to air pollution insights, will be available for use by city authorities and by the public. 

Launch of “Air View Dublin” 10th May 2021 Pictured at the launch of “Air View Dublin”, an initiative that will see Google’s Street View car take to the streets of Dublin to measure air quality across the city, is Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu with Paddy Flynn, VP of Geo, Google.
Pic. Keith Arkins

Paddy Flynn, Vice President of Google Geo Operations, underscored the value of the initiative, explaining that it will equip Ireland’s decision makers with important localised data and insights. He said: “Mapping of street-by-street air pollution has never been captured or used in Ireland before, and our ultimate goal is that they will support new actions towards a cleaner, more sustainable Dublin.”

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