We haven’t written about Sidewalk Labs before, but it’s one of the more interesting research projects created by Google’s parent company Alphabet. To get you up to speed, read the latest blog post from its CEO Daniel Doctoroff, which outlines the company’s goals for “reimagining cities from the internet up”, based on a year-long “detailed thought experiment” around urban tech. “What would a city look like if you started from scratch in the internet era — if you built a city “from the internet up?” What I mean by that is a place where ubiquitous connectivity is truly built into the foundation of the city, and where people use the data that’s generated to enhance quality of life,” asked Doctoroff. Self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles are part of this – and a separate division for Alphabet – but there are plenty more elements. “Sidewalk is having conversations with community leaders about what truly integrated urban solutions might entail, and we’ve already fielded inquiries from communities around the world interested in exploring such a partnership,” wrote Doctoroff.

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