According to reports, the company will be partnering with the city of Toronto on a high-tech waterfront development, to be built “from the Internet up.” Called Sidewalk Toronto, the new development includes a $50 million commitment from Sidewalk Labs to install and test smart city technologies, including both public high-speed communication networks as well as long-range, low-bandwidth connectivity for such things as environmental sensors.
The neighborhood will be designed to reduce pollution, commute times, and landfill waste through smart building design and tree planting, as well as prioritize transportation options in the form of walking, bicycling, and shared electric vehicles. Alphabet has also reportedly committed to relocating Google’s Canadian headquarters to the new neighborhood, to be called Quayside.
“Today’s announcement is about creating a new type of neighborhood that puts people first,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement. “Sidewalk Toronto will transform Quayside into a thriving hub for innovation and a community for tens of thousands of people to live, work, and play.”
Sidewalk Labs won a bid to partner with a redevelopment agency to create the new 12-acre mixed-use smart city neighborhood – part of an 800-acre project to redevelop the waterfront area. A town hall is planned to be convened in November as part of a year-long community outreach process to involve city residents and stakeholders in the process.
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