Jaguar and Google are teaming up to create maps of street level air pollution, with the tech giant using an iPace EV to measure air quality.
For the next 12 months, an iPace fitted with specialised mobile air sensors will roam the streets of Dublin, capturing nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions, plus fine particles.
The iPace will also pull double duty as a Google Street View car — the first EV to be used as such — to update Google Maps.
To integrate the Street View tech into the iPace, Jaguar engineers had to create new roof mountings for the camera, new rear-window glass to allow for wiring and redesigned interior switchgear to incorporate Google Street View controls.
Google has partnered with Dublin City Council to map out “hyperlocal” air quality insights for cities, to allow the Council to take targeted action in regards to climate change and public health.
It’s hoped the data will help scientists, researchers and policymakers study air quality, as well as encourage people to make small but informed changes to their own behaviour to make a difference.
Google geo operations vice-president Paddy Flynn said the initiative would address an area of need.
“Air quality is a serious concern, especially for cities, but there is a gap in terms of localised data and insights available to both decision makers and citizens,” he said.
Jaguar Land Rover business development project manager Elena Allen said the project was in keeping with JLR’s future plans.
“We are delighted to support this project as it aligns with our own journey to becoming an electric-first business and achieving net zero carbon by 2039,” she said.
“Partnerships like this are one of the ways we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a positive impact on society.”