Jaguar I-Pace is the first Google Street View electric car
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Google built a data collection vehicle for its Maps Street View app from a Jaguar I-Pace. It is billed as the first Street View electric car and is currently on the lookout and mapping the city of Dublin, Ireland.
The unique vehicle will not only photograph the roads of the Irish capital, but will also measure street-to-street air cleanliness and greenhouse gases. It is equipped with Aclima air quality sensors that measure carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, particulate matter and carbon black – all compounds that contribute to climate change when present in excessive amounts.
The partnership with Aclima is not new. Google has been equipping its most popular Subaru Impreza Street View cars with sensors since 2015. However, the Jaguar I-Pace will not contribute any emissions as it goes. The all-wheel-drive electric crossover can travel up to 246 miles (after a late-2019 software update) before a charge, and we’d bet Google won’t run too many Jaguar 0-60 seconds of 4.5-second sprints for reduce this figure. Most of the Jag’s maximum 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque will likely go unused.
So why the I-Pace? While the company hasn’t said it, Google’s autonomous vehicle spin-off Waymo has used Jaguars in self-driving car research. However, Waymo was separated from Mountain View’s mothership in 2016, so it may just be a coincidence.
For its part, Jaguar Land Rover is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2039. “We are delighted to support this project as it aligns with our own journey to become an electric first company and reach zero. net carbon by 2039. Partnerships like this are one of the ways to achieve our sustainability goals and have a positive impact on society, ”said Elena Allen, Project Manager for Development commercial at JLR.
Google and Aclima have collected more than 100 million air quality data points since the launch of the project, called Google Project Air View, six years ago. Last year, Google made this data freely available to the scientific community.