Jaguar Land Rover partners with Google to measure air quality in Dublin using I-PACE electric car
Electric cars once again provide a zero-emissions option to help create a cleaner future
Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Google to measure the air quality in Dublin. They will be using the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE fitted with air quality measuring sensors and Street View mapping technology.
The I-PACE is the first all-electric Google vehicle and will be used to evaluate street-by-street air quality. It will measure nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fine particles (PM2.5), and will also help to update Google Maps.
The zero-emissions Jaguar I-PACE has been equipped with specialised mobile air sensors developed by Aclima and will capture data in Dublin over the next 12 months. Google’s scientific research partners will analyse the data and develop maps of street-level air pollution.
Jaguar Land Rover engineers have worked to integrate Google Street View technology into the vehicle. These include new roof mountings for the Street View camera, new rear-window glass which allows for wiring and redesigned interior switchgear to incorporate Google Street View controls.
The partnership comes as Jaguar Land Rover reimagines the future with electrification and a commitment to become a net-zero carbon business by 2039.
Elena Allen, project manager for business development at Jaguar Land Rover said “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.
“Partnerships like this are one of the ways we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a positive impact on society.”
Google has partnered with Dublin City Council, as part of its Environmental Insights Explorer’s air quality programme. This programme is designed to map hyperlocal air quality insights for cities to take action on their climate and health.
Google and Dublin City Council hope access to this data will help scientists, researchers and policymakers as they study air quality. Plus, it’s hoped to encourage people to make small but informed daily changes to help improve it.
It’s good to see more and more projects and practical tasks using zero-emissions electric vehicles. Whether it’s projects like this one, electric cars being used by health trusts or even helping in disaster areas.
Paddy Flynn, vice president of geo operations at Google, said: “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.
“As part of this project, we’re using technology to capture this important data and make it accessible so that together with Dublin City Council, we can drive solution planning.”