Google Maps APIs Help Map Environmental Information

Google has released three Google Maps application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers to map solar potential, air quality and pollen levels. The three APIs apply artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, along with aerial imagery and environmental data, to provide up-to-date information about these three variables, enabling developers, businesses, and organisations to build tools that map and mitigate environmental impact.

The Solar API utilises mapping and computing resources to design detailed rooftop solar potential data available for more than 320 million buildings across 40 countries including the United States, France and Japan. To obtain this data, the AI model extracts 3D information about roof geometry from aerial imagery, while considering past weather patterns and energy costs, enabling quicker installation of solar panels.

The Air Quality API shows air quality data, pollution heatmaps, and pollutant details for more than 100 countries around the world.

Read more in GPS World article.

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