Google has unveiled a plan to bring its air conditioners to market as soon as 2019.
The company said the move is designed to protect the privacy of customers and comply with new European privacy laws, and is part of its ongoing efforts to become a “big data company” with data on every single person.
Google said it will launch air conditioner technology in 2019 in more than 200 markets worldwide.
It will also offer free air conditioning service in some European countries to help with the transition.
While Google does not disclose how many air conditioning units it plans to roll out across the world, the company said it plans “to offer more than 2,000 air condition units in the coming years”.
Air conditioner customers in the UK will be able to choose from a range of models, including those designed for indoor use and those for outdoor use.
Google will offer free or discounted air conditioning to customers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as the UK.
“We are committed to making air conditioning a service that is accessible to everyone,” a Google spokesperson told The Independent.
“[We] want to give consumers the option to choose the best service to meet their needs, while ensuring the privacy and security of their data is protected.”
Google is also introducing a new service, Google Play Music Air, which will allow people to stream music from services like Spotify and Apple Music to their Google Home.
Other companies, including Nest and Amazon, have also launched air condition and other home-related services in recent years.
In a statement, Google said it is not a competitor to other services like AirBnB and Airbnb.
Its air condition products are more expensive, but its products are designed for the home and it is a big data company that collects, stores and analyses vast amounts of information about every single home, the statement said.
This information includes home ownership, travel, location, health and finances, and even financial statistics such as bank balance, credit history and mortgage debt.
At the moment, Google Air is only available in the US and Canada, with more to come.
AirCondition.com, a home-based air condition service provider, has been offering air conditioning services since 2013.
A Google spokesperson said Google Play will offer a full range of air condition services in 2019.