Toronto's Alphabet smarts
Alphabet-owned smart-city unit Sidewalk Labs has been selected by Toronto to create a large-scale, high-tech location in the city. The move follows development agency Waterfront Toronto’s recent call for help in building a waterside community, Quayside, and in establishing it as a testbed for emerging technologies.
Sidewalk says it will use the opportunity to combine cutting-edge urban design and new digital technology to create ‘people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity’.
The company adds that it wants to make Toronto the global hub of a growing urban-innovation industry, and to serve as a model for sustainable neighbourhoods throughout Toronto and cities around the globe.
It explains that it would like to create a destination for people, companies, start-ups, and local organisations to advance solutions to urban challenges, such as energy use, housing affordability, and transportation.
“Successful cities around the world are wrestling with the same challenges of growth, from rising costs of living that price out the middle class, to congestion and ever-longer commutes, to the challenges of climate change,” says Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk. “This will not be a place where we deploy technology for its own sake, but rather one where we use emerging digital tools and the latest in urban design to solve big urban challenges in ways that we hope will inspire cities around the world.”
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