Google’s new land use map will allow developers to use an app on mobile devices to determine how much soil is available in their properties.
The company said it would release the new mapping software for free to developers this month, with the goal of “providing a reliable tool for homeowners and property managers to better understand the soil and hydrology of their properties.”
This new software is available for iOS, Android and Windows phones, and can be used to calculate soil moisture, which is defined as “how much water is in a given volume of soil.”
“With our new soil moisture mapping technology, homeowners can monitor the extent of their soils’ soil moisture and water levels and understand how they can manage and protect their properties,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider.
The land use maps will allow homeowners to see the total amount of soil available in a particular area, and they can choose to use a soil gauge, which measures soil’s water content.
It can also provide insights into how the soil reacts to weather events and nutrients.
The company said this mapping tool will be available for both residential and commercial properties.
Land use maps are an increasingly popular tool for developers because they are more accurate than soil sensors.
They are more easily available than soil meters, and the company said users can access the soil information from the app by going to a nearby site and tapping the soil gauge.
Land Use Map on Google MapsGoogle is partnering with a handful of soil hydrologists and hydrologist schools in order to provide this mapping service.
Google is also offering its soil meter, which has a “depth sensor” that can measure the amount of water in soil and can also be used for water conservation.
The meter can be found on the Google Maps website, and users can select a measurement location.