Google launches Sidewalk Labs to improve city living2015-06-11 17:19 by Daniela
After Google has launched ambitious projects to build self-driving cars and high-altitude balloons to spread the Internet to earth, now it has announced a new initiative with aim to revolutionize city life.
"As more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless," Google CEO Larry Page wrote in the post. "Now it's time to hit the streets and get to work."
The company is called Sidewalk Labs and will be run by former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff. It is based in New York. It is not clear yet how the company will operate or exactly what kind of technology it will produce. However, it is expected that it will build new products to make transportation more efficient, lower the cost of living, reduce energy use and help city governments along the way.
"We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities," Doctoroff, who left Bloomberg in December, said in the statement. "At a time when the concerns about urban equity, costs, health and the environment are intensifying, unprecedented technological change is going to enable cities to be more efficient, responsive, flexible and resilient."
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