Environmental intelligence for people and the planet

Mapping Pioneer Luc Vincent Joins Aclima Advisory Board

Serving as technical advisor to the environmental sensing company as it scales operations in the U.S. and Abroad

SAN FRANCISCO (May 24, 2017) — Aclima, a San Francisco-based company delivering environmental intelligence through sensor networks to improve human health and planetary health, today announced that Luc Vincent, VP of engineering at Lyft and former director of engineering at Google has joined Aclima’s Advisory Board. Luc will advise Aclima on scaling its environmental mapping capabilities in the U.S. and abroad.

“We are thrilled to have Luc on our Advisory Board as we combine our cutting edge environmental sensing platform, cloud computing, and big data to enhance human and planetary health,” said Davida Herzl, CEO and Co-founder of Aclima. “Luc’s work on Google Street View pioneered new tools to explore our world through the power of imagery. A decade later, Aclima is building on that groundbreaking effort to power a new layer of environmental intelligence and map the quality of the air we breathe at the street level.”

While at Google, Luc Vincent took Larry Page’s idea of mapping the world in pictures from a dream (aka, a moonshot) to a global product, with operations around the world, a transformative impact on Google’s mapping capabilities, and hundreds of millions of daily active users. Aclima began working with Luc in 2014 when the company partnered with Google to expand Street View’s capabilities to capture real-time air pollution data with the Aclima sensing platform.

“Air pollution is a global challenge — and what gets measured gets improved,” said Luc Vincent, VP of engineering at Lyft. “This entirely new data from Aclima’s innovative technology unlocks a new understanding of how we interact with our environment and the world. Aclima’s team has spent years developing and validating tools that are transforming our relationship with our planet. I’m thrilled to join the team and help scale Aclima’s technology around the world.”

Ubiquitous, real-time environmental sensor networks fused with artificial intelligence hold the key to unlocking a new, more balanced relationship with our natural capital. Aclima’s networks deliver continuous, environmental data – for all the air pollutants that affect human health and climate change. Aclima networks make the “invisible, visible” and help stakeholders understand, manage, and optimize environmental conditions driving health and well-being. This enables Aclima to contribute unique insights to pressing challenges, including air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  

Combining leading-edge sensor technology, cloud-based computing, big data analysis and machine learning, Aclima’s platform delivers 100-1000x cost reductions from existing measurement technologies, at equivalent data quality, and at scales never before possible. An Aclima network can take the environmental pulse of an entire building, school, campus, factory, retail store, community, city, or region. In the future, all of Aclima’s networks will combine to generate a global ‘macroscope’ on the climate and environment.

By 2025, there will be 100 billion connected devices, each with a dozen or more sensors collecting data. This will lead to a trillion-sensor economy driving a data revolution beyond our imagination. Cisco estimates the Internet of Everything will generate $19 trillion of newly created value. Aclima is driving both social impact and business value with an entirely new body of knowledge to make sense of the invisible world around us.

Luc joins Advisory Board members Jane Lubchenco, former Administrator of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under President Barack Obama; William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the EPA; Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at MIT School of Management, pioneer in systems science and author of “The Fifth Discipline”; Elad Gil, Serial entrepreneur and former VP of Corporate Strategy for Twitter; Greg Niemeyer, Professor at UC Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media; David Sherman, co-author of the “Flourishing Enterprise” and distinguished fellow at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value; Martin Goebel, Founder of Sustainable Northwest and former country president for World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International, and Nick Parker, managing partner and co-founder of Global Acceleration Partners Inc.

About Luc Vincent

Luc Vincent joined Lyft as VP of Engineering in early 2017, where he leads the company’s Marketplace and Mapping divisions, as well as growing efforts in the space of autonomous driving. Prior to Lyft, Luc spent 12 years at Google, most recently as Senior Director of Engineering, leading all imagery-related activities of Google’s Geo group. He grew and led the company’s efforts to collect and organize vast amounts of imagery of our planet, and make it universally accessible and useful: his team of engineers, product managers, program managers and operations experts was responsible for collecting ground-based, aerial and satellite imagery at global scale and, through computer vision, 3D modeling and deep learning, make it universally accessible and useful to users around the world — from end-users on a mobile phone to geo scientists researching climate change. Luc is recognized in particular for having bootstrapped Street View and turned it into an iconic Google product, available in over 80 countries around the globe. He is also one of the driving forces behind efforts to leverage Google’s scale, imagery, and operational expertise to make a positive difference on our planet, through projects like Google Sunroof, Earth Engine, and collaborations with Aclima on environmental mapping.

Luc is passionate about the environment and determined to help save our planet through his work as an engineering leader, venture investor, and advisor to Aclima. He earned his B.S. from Ecole Polytechnique (France), M.S. in Computer Science from University of Paris XI, and PhD from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

About Aclima

Aclima delivers environmental intelligence through sensor networks to improve human health and planetary health. We combine leading-edge sensing technology, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to take the real-time pulse of the invisible world around us. Translating real-time data into actionable insights, Aclima transforms how we understand and manage our buildings, cities, and industries to create a more resilient, healthy, and thriving world. Learn more at aclima.io.