© naftemporiki.gr Digital “city of the future” in Canada by Alphabet
A digital “city of the future” is to build in Toronto, Canada, the Sidewalk Labs, which is part of the Alphabet – the umbrella company that Google also belongs to.
The goal is to transform a waterfront area into a functional lab for a range of “smart” technologies. According to the BBC, it is quite likely that it will have fast Wi-Fi, millions of sensors, renewable energy and stand-alone vehicles.
Technology companies in general have begun to promote their software and hardware for use in cities for a long time as urban planners are addressing problems such as overpopulation, pollution and congestion.
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trident, welcomed the project in Koueiside, known as the Sidewalk Toronto.
“It will create a test site for new technologies in Koueiside”
he said, adding that:
“Technologies that help us build smarter, greener, more friendly cities – which we hope to see extend to the east coast of Toronto and in the long run to other parts of Canada and the world.”
Dan Democriton, former Deputy Mayor of New York and chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, has estimated that Sidewalk Toronto can show the world how city life can become “cheaper, more convenient, healthier, greener, fairer and perhaps even more exciting. “
Google will move its headquarters to Canada in that area, and Sidewalk Labs will spend $50 million to launch the program.
It is noted that Sidewalk Labs has already launched “smart” projects in other cities. Among them is one to provide Wi-Fi coverage in New York through the use of old coin-operated phones – but the goal has always been to build a “smart” city fundamentally.
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