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Toronto could be a place of urban innovation-focused sidewalk labs

Toronto could be a place of urban innovation-focused sidewalk labs

Posted by PanamericanWorld on May 10, 2017

According to a report from Bloomberg, Alphabet is considering setting up Sidewalk Labs in Toronto. Alphabet has reportedly applied to develop a 12-acre strip in downtown Toronto, responding to a recent city agency request for proposals to revitalize the city’s waterfront. 

Sidewalk Labs has spoken publicly creating a micro-city or district that could demonstrate its ideas for urban planning — which includes autonomous transit, high-speed internet, embedded sensors, and ride-sharing services — and building an urban zone “from the internet up.”

“I’m sure many of you are thinking this is a crazy idea,” Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said at Smart Cities NYC last week. “We don’t think it’s crazy at all. People thought it was crazy when Google decided to connect all the world’s information. People thought it was crazy to think about the concept of a self-driving car.”

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