Google Street View cars detecting methane leaks

May 03, 2017, 6:57 AM EDT
(Source: John Karakatsanis/flickr)
(Source: John Karakatsanis/flickr)

Google, environmentalists and scientists have come together to begin an innovative project whereby the company’s Street View cars are equipped with methane-sensing equipment to track precise location of leaking pipelines across the U.S.

A complex network of cast iron and steel pipelines, dating back to 19th century, runs underneath many U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles and due to corrosion, frequent leaks pollute the environment with methane gas, which has 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, notes Seeker.

Since Google Street View cars are constantly moving, the project offers an efficient and economical way to sweep the entire corridor to detect leakages, writes New Atlas.

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