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Google Street View Cars Test The Air

Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.

InWhen Google inadvertently allowed its Street View cars to gather the data exhaust emanating from WiFi networks in 2006, the company's use of sensors represented a privacy violation. Lawsuits, fines, and apologies followed.

InMore recently, Google's Street View cars have been gathering data on industrial exhaust in an effort to advance public and environmental health. Working in conjunction with Aclima, a company that creates and operates environmental sensor networks, three Google Street View vehicles spent a month last summer driving around Denver, Colo., sampling the air.

InThe cars measured pollutants that affect health and the climate, including nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

In a statement, Karin Tuxen-Bettman, program manager for Google Earth Outreach, described the partnership between Google and Aclima as a way to build upon Street View's infrastructure and to test Google Maps as a platform for environmental sensing.

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