iPhone users can now keep up to date on the air quality in their immediate surroundings with new features in the Apple Weather app, courtesy of Israeli startup BreezoMeter.

The information from BreezoMeter, which utilizes machine learning to search through multiple sources of real-time air quality, will be accessible via Apple Maps and Siri following the recent iOS 14.3 update.

People gather after sunset amid smoke from wildfires at Griffith Park on September 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Air quality was deemed ’unhealthy for sensitive groups’ in the metropolitan area as California’s national forests remain closed due to wildfires which have already incinerated a record 2.3 million acres in 2020. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The hyperlocal air quality data is available for locations in the United States, Britain, Germany, India and Mexico, allowing users to make immediate and informed decisions to reduce their exposure to air pollution.

The information includes an air quality map, pollutant levels, pollen levels, environmental forecast and health-related recommendations for sensitive populations, all whittled down to within 16 feet of a user’s location.

Haifa-based BreezoMeter was founded in 2014. Earlier this year, it placed in Red Herring’s European Top 100 in the “clean tech” category for the second year running and received an EU Horizon 2020 grant to advance air quality research.

It also made its data available to research groups looking to explore the connection between fine particulate matter air pollution and COVID-19.

(Edited by Fern Siegel and David Martosko)

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