At long last, Google unveiled its first all-electrical car for Street View, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. On Tuesday an all-electric I-Pace SUV with the equipment required to capture Street View imagery was deployed in Dublin, Ireland.
According to the announcement, the I-Pace will also collect more general Google Maps data, and it will be outfitted with air quality sensors from Aclima- that record nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as fine particles (PM2.5). The I-Pace will collect “street-by-street air quality” data in Dublin, measuring nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as fine particles. Google will make the data available to the Dublin City Council.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to improve our fleet of vehicles and there is the potential to increase our EV fleet size in the future, but no updates to share at this time,” a spokesperson for Google said when asked whether the company plans to use any more electric cars for Street View. Officially named “Air View Dublin,” this electric Street View car will be on the road for 12 months collecting this data and updating Google Maps.