Google Street View cars get infrared lasers to spot methane leaks in cities

Thanks to Google Street View cars, it is now possible to trace any sources of methane leaks such as leaks from old pipelines underneath city streets.


Detecting particular natural gases such as methane is difficult as they don’t produce any odors and cannot be seen by human eyes. Thanks to Google Street View cars, it is now possible to trace any sources of methane leaks such as leaks from old pipelines underneath city streets. Researchers from the Colorado State University and advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up with Google’s Street View and came up with a method to detect methane leaks from as far as 20m as well as from underneath streets.

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