Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is to build a digital city in Toronto. It will have fast wi-fi, many sensors, sustainable energy and autonomous cars.
— Sidewalk Labs (@sidewalklabs) October 17, 2017
The project is in Quayside.
Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, beginning with the creation of Quayside. Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.
Google will move its Canadian headquarters to the redeveloped area, and Sidewalk Labs has committed $50m (£37m) to kick off the project.
Sidewalk Labs has already started smart projects in other cities. It plans to provide fast wi-fi across New York, using old payphones.
— jennifer keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) October 18, 2017