Published on May 27th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
1st Electric Google Street View Vehicle Is a Jaguar I-PACE
The Jaguar I-Pace Google Street View car will be silently snapping away in Dublin.
When it comes to mapping technology, few companies come close to Google. Not only is Google Maps one of the most reliable and accurate navigation tools, it’s also got loads of add on features. Google Street View is one. Google actually pays for specially-equipped cars to roam cities capturing 360-degree footage of the surrounding areas. These cars have traditionally been petrol or diesel-powered, but now the team has an all-electric vehicle to do the job thanks to Jaguar.
Jaguar has partnered with Google to give them their first EV for the Street View job – an I-PACE. However, they’ve gone one step further. Google is working with the city of Dublin in Ireland to measure air quality throughout the city. The I-PACE will not only be silently cruising around the city taking footage but will also be measuring levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions as well as fine particles (PM2.5).
Let’s see what the data yields.
Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Google to integrate the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE with air quality measuring sensors and Street View mapping technology.
The I-PACE is the first all-electric Google Street View vehicle and will be used to measure street-by-street air quality in Dublin including nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and fine particles (PM2.5). It will also help update Google Maps.
The Jaguar I-PACE, which offers zero tailpipe-emissions driving, has been equipped with specialised mobile air sensors developed by Aclima and has launched in Dublin to capture data 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, including 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. With a focus on air quality, the I-PACE offers cabin air ionisation and PM2.5 filtration to enhance occupant comfort and well-being.
The partnership comes as Jaguar Land Rover defines its future strategy: a sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact – with a commitment to become a net zero carbon business by 2039.
To realise this vision, Jaguar Land Rover will collaborate with industry leaders to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development.
Google has partnered with Dublin City Council, as part of its Environmental Insights Explorer’s air quality programme to map hyperlocal air qualityinsights 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, as well as encourage people to make small but informed daily changes to help improve it.