Alphabet's city innovation company Sidewalk Labs has expanded technology in cities since its inception, but its latest push in Toronto will be the first ever smart-city project for the city. The timeline expects the initiatives to begin in 2020, but Sidewalk Labs will be testing some proposed technologies as early as the summer of 2018. The introduction of this tech is backed by Waterfront Toronto and will see a majority of the development occurring in a 12-acre plot of land in the industrial area to the east of the city's downtown core.
Sidewalk Labs was chosen as to lead this project in Toronto thanks to its proposal that included autonomous vehicles, a fossil fuel-free thermal grid, low-cost modular buildings and robotic delivery and waste management systems. Most of this technology will be developed by other companies, but Sidewalk Labs will be leading the implementation of these features and will do so in a way that benefits the already existing structures of the city.
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