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Sidewalk Labs to test technology for Toronto smart city project in summers

Sidewalk Labs’ proposal included autonomous vehicles, thermal grid with clean energy sources, low-cost modular buildings, efficient waste management systems.


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  • Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto is expected to come up with a development plan by the end of 2018. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Alphabet Inc’s urban innovation arm, Sidewalk Labs, will begin testing some of its proposed technology on its smart-city project in Toronto this summer and hopes to break ground in 2020.

Government-backed agency Waterfront Toronto in March 2017 requested proposals to develop a 12-acre (4.86 hectares) environmentally friendly mixed-use area that would add jobs and be affordable for all ages and income brackets. That was the first part of the planned revitalization of about 800 acres of industrial wasteland to the east of the city's downtown on Lake Ontario.

Sidewalk Labs’ proposal included autonomous vehicles, thermal grid with clean energy sources, low-cost modular buildings, efficient waste management systems. The company’s proposal was accepted in October.

This is the first time a timeline has been publicly disclosed for the project designed to increase land efficiency, cut costs and conserve energy in one of the world's priciest housing markets as development struggles to catch up with a rapidly growing population.

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto is expected to come up with a development plan by the end of 2018, and the project is expected to be open to residents by 2022, Sidewalk’s CEO, Dan Doctoroff, said in an interview.

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